Dakar Rally : News from Leg 6
On entering Mauritania for the most difficult stages, the competitors will be faced with the first trackless stretches and the appearance of camel grass. Here more than anywhere else, experience of the desert will count for more than pure performance,
which should enable Stephane Peterhansel to continue climbing his way back up the general rankings... 817 km, including 394 km against the clock, are on the menu for the sixth stage, which is the longest in the 29th edition of the Dakar.
Terrible weather for the day's stage with gusting sand storms at the bivouac in Tan Tan, then lots of rain at the border crossing. Nevertheless, the competitors have left the bivouac, at 04.30 GMT as scheduled for the first bike. The special stage starts at 11.05 GMT.
14th in the general rankings after five stages, Eric Vigouroux has had a slight scare this morning when his alternator broke 10 km after leaving Tan Tan. The Frenchman is now waiting for his assistance team, but should arrive as planned at the start of the special stage.