But a stage win would be nice...
Motorbiker Cyril Després has not been displaying the happiest of faces lately, an understandable state of mind when considering the cascade of problems which have affected his Dakar campaign so far, especially in regards to his tyres.
of yesterday's stage, the Frenchman remarked that it was "like I enjoy them, technical and varied."
"I quickly caught up to Marc (Coma, who had started out two minutes earlier) as he stopped to fix a flattened tyre," he explained. "So I opened up the road alone up to the 300km point, and then it was my turn to take out the perfect tyre-fixer's array of tools."
Després was helped by friendly spectators, who helped him in changing the tyre – a very welcome assistance which he believes saved him five precious minutes at least.
"That was better, but the disappointment I feel is still intense," he admitted.
Després nonetheless shaved off a few minutes from Coma, and with today's route from San Rafaël to Mendoza shortened by 200 kilometres, a potential stage win would surely boast his spirits.
As a side note, his bad luck yesterday did serve to underline the popularity the Dakar has been gathering on its first appearance in Argentina.
"I heard one of the spectators who helped me say to the other: 'what incredible luck, we fell on last year's Dakar winner'," Després said.
"It goes to show that one's misfortune is another's gain!"