Stage 8 marks the second a part of the marathon of this Dakar 2021, a day through which the opponents should arrive at Neom with out having had the standard assists after the robust stage on Sunday.
Carlos Sainz, who saved the tone regardless of opening the monitor, will attempt to benefit from the mechanical doubts of Stephane Peterhansel, who broke his suspension arm the day earlier than. Though the Frenchman and his co-pilot Edouard Boulanger They mounted it, it stays to be seen if it’ll maintain up.
Toby ‘McGyver’ Worth rubs the machado
On bikes, Joan Barreda was one of many agency candidates for victory till the final kilometers of the stage, through which he gained Nacho Cornejo, which separates a bit from a Toby Worth that got here out with the wheel actually cracked and repaired with cable ties and duct tape. The Australian was the quickest of the day for a lot of the day, benefiting not solely from his good work on repairs, but in addition on a largely sandy terrain that allowed him to experience comparatively safely and really competitively.
The Valencian left every part simply earlier than PK307, the penultimate management step earlier than the end line. After going lower than a second from the top, and even being the quickest in some ‘waypoint’, he left slightly greater than 3 minutes first and slightly greater than 5 and a half on the end line. The final kilometers of the day he did along with Lorenzo Santolino, which was as soon as once more the choice of the day for the Spanish and entered 9 minutes behind the winner of the day.
It was a tough day for everybody, with particular consideration for one of many favorites, Xavier de Soultrait, who suffered an accident at kilometer 237 and needed to be evacuated by helicopter to a hospital. He arrived aware, however will probably be subjected to exams to find out the extent of his accidents.
❌ Xavier de Soultrait is out of the race.
He has suffered a nasty fall after 267 km of the particular. The medical crew have come to his assist and airlifted the rider, who had not misplaced consciousness, to the hospital in Tabuk for X-Rays.# Dakar2021pic.twitter.com/mzSrPsyaEC
– DAKAR RALLY (@dakar) January 11, 2021
With this outcome after the marathon, Barreda stays 16 minutes behind Cornejo within the common classification, which now is chief with 1:06 about Worth.