Two punctures and a breakdown weigh down the Madrid rider, who finished 22 minutes behind Peterhansel on the ninth stage
The French driver caresses the victory, since the Qatari Al-Attiyah also had mechanical problems and Sainz, third, is already more than an hour away
The Spanish pilot Carlos Sainz (Mini) has said goodbye to his options to revalidate his title of the Dakar Rally by allowing more than 22 minutes during the ninth stage, with departure and arrival in Neom over 579 kilometers, 465 timed special, in which the French won Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini), that strengthens its leadership and is already nearing the final triumph for the problems of Madrid and Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota).
In a loop stage with a few first kilometers bordering the Red Sea, Sainz went in tow after suffering an inopportune puncture at kilometer 98, when he was only ten seconds behind leader Peterhansel.
After solving the mishap and accumulating minutes, the Madrid native encountered two new setbacks when prick a second time and having to repair a fault in the brake system. Thus, he entered the eleventh goal at 10:30 p.m. of the day’s winner, a time that definitively weighs down his options to revalidate the title.
Nani Roma, fifth
And it is that although it continues third in the provisional general, his distance from ‘Monsieur Dakar’ is already over an hour (1:02:25). The Gaul, in addition, was also lucky with another double prick of the second of the general, the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota), which entered second at 12 minutes and is now at 17:50.
The South African Giniel de Villiers (Toyota), at 12:19, was third this Tuesday, while Nani Rome (BRX) entered tenth at 21:39 behind the winner and is fifth from the provisional, although at 2:42:38.
Cornejo, leader in motorcycles
Meanwhile, the Argentine pilot Kevin Benavides (Honda) won the motorcycle category, on a day in which the Spanish Joan Barreda (Honda) finished seventh and gave up almost a quarter of an hour to the winner.
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Benavides entered the finish line with a time of 4:49:15, with 1:18 compared to the current champion, the American Ricky brabec (Honda), which the organization compensated for the time it invested in helping the retired Toby’s Price, and 1:34 ahead of his teammate and leader of the two wheels, the Chilean Nacho Cornejo (Sling).
Cornejo was in charge of opening the track and despite everything he retains the first place in the general classification with 11:24 over the Argentine, who rises from fourth to second place. The British Sam sunderland (KTM), who also stopped to assist Price and finished fourth, closes the provisional two-wheel podium (14:34).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.