Dakar : Leg 8 - News from CP 1
Still suffering from is shoulder injury, Cyril Despres made it to CP1 well behind his main rivals. The Frenchman is 11'39" adrift. At refulleing after CP1, Cyril Despres admitted that he was really suffering from his shoulder injury. It seems
to be hurting him more and more. The Frenchman's main goal is to make it to the rest day in order to rest his shoulder.
Esteve fastest at CP1
SPaniard Isidre Esteve has clocked the fastest time at CP1 (km 165). The KTM-Gauloises leader has a 1'57" lead on compatriot Marc Coma, 2'32" on Sala and 3'59" on De Gavardo.
Struggling in the dunes
As expected the bikers have struggled to go through the dune section at km 240. Riders like Jean De Azevedo and Pal-Anders Ullevalseter have lost time on the four day's leaders (Coma, De Gavardo, Sala, Esteve). Later on today, the privateers should seriously suffer in this very tricky dune portion.
Rear wheel problems for Sainz
At km 26 of the special, Carlos Sainz (Volkswagen) suffered a puncture. He was then stuck in the sand and asked tourists to help him push the Race Touareg. Carlos have seriously damaged his rear wheel after backing up and hitting a big rock. The Spaniard is currently being helped out by his assistance vehicle. Meanwhile, Bruno Saby who suffered serious mechanical problems yesterday, started the day's special.
Despres through dune portion
Despite a fall, Cyril Despres managed to go through the difficult km 240 dune portion. A group just a head of the Frenchman struggled in the sand but also managed to go through: Frétigné (who had a fall), De Azevedo, Ullevalseter and Caldecott.
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