Is not having a good start to the race Carlos Sainzwinner of the last edition of the Dakar Rally. In just three stages, the driver from madrid and his co-driver Lucas Cruz have been left out in the classification more than a half hour out of the lead. After a puncture in the prologue and some problems in the engine of your car in previous days, the third stage, starting and finishing in Wadi Ad-Dawasir and 403 kilometres, has been a new setback for the aspirations of the Spanish.
Sainz lost no less than 31:02 minutes behind the stage winner, Al-Attiyah, which cut distances in the general classification relative to the one of stéphane Peterhansel, leader with your Mini now with a little over five minutes advantage.
The cause of this major loss of time was a navigation error that made Sainz and Cruz to be lost shortly before the middle of the stage, when the car driven by the madrid barely a minute to Al-Attiyah and three to Peterhansel.
A bug that initially seemed to be affected more riders during the stage today, to the point that the director of the race, David Casterahe had to indicate the correct direction to several riders standing on the ground. One end disproved later by the protagonists themselves.
👉 That way boys!@DavidCastera1, Dakar’s director, helps the lost riders to find the proper way in this rocky place…#Dakar2021pic.twitter.com/kZtiE7xBET
— DAKAR RALLY (@dakar) January 5, 2021
In the end, that half hour delay, that Sainz did not managed to cut what was left of the route, will an important ballast to the aspirations of the Spanish. Will start from much further back and with the obligation to go to the maximum to recover its disadvantage, with all the risks that it assumes in a race like this.
Sainz and Cruz drop after this day to the fourth square, 33:34 the leader Peterhansel. Al-Attiyah added his third victory ahead of the other Toyota of south african Henk Lategan, 2:27, and of the French.
Nani Roma remade eve and ended up as the best Spanish, the sixteenth, at 26:31 of Al-Attiyah.
In the bikes, Toby Price he managed his second win in this edition of the Dakar in front of argentina’s Kevin Benavides (Honda), 1 minute and 16 seconds, and the austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM), 2 minutes and 36 seconds.
Joan Barreda, accused the fact of open track and arrived in 24 minutes and 49 seconds Price in the post thirty. The best Spanish of the day was Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco), thirteenth at 14:56, while Laia Sanz (Gas Gas) completed the 26, to 22:37.
The new leader of the general of bikes is Skyler Howes, fourth Tuesday at 6:16, Price. Howes leads the standings with just 33 seconds of difference with respect to Benavides and 1:28 on the French Xavier de Soultrait (Husqvarna). Barreda is now eighth, at 9:02 of the american.