Dakar : Leg 12 - Finish
In cars, Luc Alphand captured his first special victory on this Dakar. The Frenchman has a 56" lead on Guerlain Chicherit (BMW). Third is Giniel De Villiers (VW) at 3'21".
Peterhansel still stopped
Stephane Peterhansel was still stopped at
km 278 repairing his rear left wheel. He hopes not to need the help of his assistance truck and carry on with a two-wheel drive all the way to the finish.
Alphand new leader
Luc Alphand is the new overall leader. He indeed had a 25min deficit before this stage and has already made it to the finish.
In bikes, Despres wins special
Frenchman Cyril Despres who started 9th this morning has clocked the fastest time of the special and captures his 4th success so far. The title holder beats Marc Coma by 1'45". Third is Chris Blais at 2'29".
Blais in the Top 4 After Carlo De Gavardo suffered serious mechanical problems after a water crossing and Pal Anders Ullevalseter was still expected on the finish line, Chris Blais moves up to fourth spot overall. The American is 2h06 behind race leader Marc Coma.
Press Release Amaury Sport Organisation