Rally Raid Dakar 2006: Leg 9 - News
After suffering two crashes, the second at km 346, Spaniard Isidre Esteve has been taken by helicopter to a closeby medical center. The Spaniard appears to be injured but his days are not in danger.
At km 340,
title holder Firdaus Kabirov suffered a serious crash. The Russian crew is fine but is waiting for an assistance vehicle.
Sainz now fastest at CP3
After taking off in 82nd position this morning, Carlos Sainz has just managed the best time at the third CP (km 458). The Spaniard has a 30" lead on Peterhansel and 4'08" on Alphand.
Despres wins special
Frenchman Cyril Despres captured his second success of this 28th edition of the Dakar. The title holder clocked the fastest time of stage 9 between Nouakchott and Kiffa. Despres beat Marc Coma by 4'07". Third was Portugal's Helder Rodrigues 7' adrift.
Coma keeps overall lead
Spaniard Marc Coma kept the overall lead of the bike race after stage 9 but sees Cyril Despres move close. Coma now has a 22'47" lead on the Frenchman. Third is Italy's Giovanni Sala at 53'04".
Press Release Amaury Sport Organisation