Joan Barreda wins the tenth stage of the Dakar, from Cordoba-La Rioja with a special test of 357 km. With this, his fourth stage victory, the rider who hails from Castellon, Spain, becomes the most honoured rider so far in the competition.
Paulo Goncalves, took the podium in third 2:44 minutes behind Joan after having fought back from seventh position at this morning’s start-line.
Alessandro Botturi, was unlucky with his seventh place finish after spending most of the special up in third position, but a fall hampered his progress and he dropped down to seventh, finishing 8:05 minutes behind his winning team-mate. However, Alessandro remains in fifth overall place 24:25 minutes behind leader Despres in the overall leader-board.
Tomorrow sees the much feared La Rioja – Fiambalà stage with some 483 km special test and scorching temperatures expected.
Joan Barreda: "Today I’m really pleased with my fourth victory in this Dakar. I rode very well today, very cleanly and didn’t take any risks once the special got going".
Paulo Goncalves: "I was ready to attack right from the word go, but I had a lot of trouble trying to get past Ruben and Ivan. It was a great day nevertheless. It was a really enjoyable stage to ride, almost like an enduro course with all the different types of ground".
Alessandro Botturi: “I was in third place until halfway through the special, and I felt great, but then I hit a rock as I took a curve, lost my balance and fell. I hurt my pinky quite badly, I hope that it’s not broken".
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