Stage 10 notes

17:05 - truck
500 - Chagin regains the lead in the general standings

The first 5 trucks have completed the day's special and, as expected, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) has won, picking up his 5th victory on this year's event and the 61st of his career on the Dakar. The icing on the cake is that the "Tsar" finished 21'38 ahead of his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 34'37 in front of Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (MAN), meaning he regains command of the general standings, with a lead that now stands at 17'27 over Kabirov and 2:44'06 over his other team-mate and countryman Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).

16:16 - truck
500 - Chagin sails away...

The first two trucks have completed 140 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still boasts the best provisional time. More importantly, the "Tsar" has opened up a chasm over his pursuers, because he holds a lead of 26'42 over his team-mate and countryman, leader of the general standings at the start of the day's special, Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

16:14 - quad
273 - Santamarina wins...

The first 5 quads have completed the day's special and in the end, Argentinean Jorge Santamarina (Honda) has won, picking up his first stage victory on the Dakar, 12" ahead of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha), and 3'03 in front of Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).As for the leader of the general standings, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha), he finished 5'23 after the day's winner, but still holds a solid lead in the general standings, 1:11'08 ahead of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

16:09 - quad
273 - Santamarina wants his stage victory!

The first 5 quads have completed 163 km of the day's special and Argentinean Jorge Santamarina (Honda) has regained the best provisional time, 4" and 36" respectively in front of his countrymen Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) and Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

16:02 - car
302 - A good performance for Al-Attiyah in the general standings

4th to finish in the day's special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) can nonetheless be happy with his performance on the 10th special! Indeed, taking maximum advantage of his team-mate and main rival for the title, Carlos Sainz (VW), getting stuck in the sand at the start of the special, the Qatari distanced the Spaniard by 9'19 at the finishing line. As a result, in the general stndings, Al-Attiyah now has a lead of 12'37 over "El Matador" Sainz.

15:59 - car
308 - A stage victory for De Villiers!

The first three cars have just completed the day's timed section of the route and finally, South African Giniel De Villiers (VW) has won, picking up his 1st victory on this 33rd Dakar, the 12th in his career on the event. In the end, the winner of the Dakar 2009 completed the day's 176 km 4'23 ahead of the surprising Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc (BMW) and 5'38 in front of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW). The leader of the general standings, Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), crossed the finishing line, 8'54 behind.

15:29 - car
302 - Navigation error for Al-Attiyah

The leader of the general standings, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) made a minor navigation error after 160 km of the day's special, and travelled for 2 km in the wrong direction before turning back. As a result, the Qatari passed the 163 km point 2'53 behind his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers, who now has the best provisional time, 19" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and who should win the day's special.

15:20 - truck
500 - Chagin opens up a gap at CP2

The first three trucks have passed through CP2 after 115 km of the day's special and Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) still holds the best provisional time, 13'25 and 16'40 respectively in front of his team-mates and countrymen Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), the leader of the general standings, and Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).

15:07 - car
302 - Nasser takes control

The first 5 cars have just completed 140 km of the day's special and now the leader of the general standings, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), holds the best provisional time, 1'18 ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW). The reason is simple: following a mechanical problem or puncture around the 126 km point, the man from Vesoul was at a standstill for about 5 minutes. Third provisional place is occupied by South African Giniel De Villiers (VW), 2'53 behind the provisional leader.As for the title holder, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) trails his Qatari rival by 14'21.

14:59 - quad
251 - Machacek regains the lead

The first 5 quads have completed 140 km of the day's special and Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) has wrestled back the best provisional time, 3'32 ahead of Argentinean Jorge Santamarina (Honda) and 3'57 in front of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha).

14:58 - bike
011 - Faria takes 3rd place from "Chaleco"

Portuguese rider Ruben Faria (KTM) has just completed the day's special and has put in the third best provisional time, 13'22 behind the day's winner, but 8'21 ahead of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

14:54 - bike
003 - 3rd place for "Chaleco"

Following petrol pump problems after 100 km of the day's special, Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) has just finished the day's timed section with the third best provisional time, 21'43 behind the probable winner, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

14:39 - truck
500 - The internal struggle continues for Kamaz

The first 8 trucks have completed 67 km of the day's special and now Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) holds the best provisional time, 3'39 ahead of the general standings leader, his team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), and 6'50 in front of young Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz)

14:33 - car
301 - "Peter" opens up a gap, Sainz loses ground...

The first 6 cars have passed through CP2 after 115 km of the day's special and Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) still boasts the best provisional time, 2'30 ahead of the leader of the general standings, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), and 5'13 in front of South African Giniel De Villiers (VW).The title holder and main rival of Al-Attiyah in the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) reached CP2 15'32 behind the stage leader.

14:32 - bike
001 - Coma rubs salt into Despres's wounds

The first two bikes have just finished the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) scored the best provisional time, 9'56 (!) ahead of his main rival for the title, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).As a result in the general standings, the Catalan now has a lead of 18'10 over the Frenchman.

14:23 - quad
273 - Santamarina leads at CP2

The first 5 quads have passed through CP2 after 115 km of the day's special and Argentinean Jorge Santamarina (Honda) still holds the best provisional time, 29" ahead of his team-mate Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and 2'52 in front of Pole Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha).

14:12 - quad
273 - A surprise from Santamarina...

The first 6 quads have completed 100 km of the day's special and now Argentinean Jorge Santamarina (Honda) holds the best provisional time, 20" ahead of his countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) and 1'59 in front of Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha). In the lead after 67 km, the Pole made a navigational error, taking with him Czech rider Tchиque Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and the leader of the general standings, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha), who reached the 100 km point 4'35 behind the stage leader.

14:06 - bike
002 - Despres regains some ground

The first 7 bikes have just completed 140 km of the day's special and are still led by Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha), 3'10 ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 7'22 in front of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), who is pushing as much as he can to claw back time.

13:54 - car
301 - "Peter" leads after 100 km

The first 6 cars have just completed 100 km of the day's special and now Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) possesses the best provisional time, 11" ahead of the general standings leader, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), and 2'30 in front of South African Giniel De Villiers (VW).Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) got badly stuck in the sand at the beginning of the special and now trails the stage leader by 8'29...

13:50 - truck
502 - Kabirov leads at CP1

The first 10 trucks have just passed through CP1 after 21 km of the day's special and the leader of the general standings, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz), boasts the best provisional time, 42" ahead of his countryman and team-mate Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) and 1'48 in front of another countryman and team-mate Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz).In other news of note, Czech driver Ales Loprais was unable to start the day's special, after failing to beat the cut-off time due to not completing the entire route of the 9th special yesterday.

13:36 - bike
002 - Despres falls into Verhoeven's unwilling trap

Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) trailed the stage leader by 9'02 at CP2. This was due to a navigational error whilst the Frenchman was following Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW), 1st on the special at the time. The two men chose to head down the wrong valley at the 97 point and had to turn back after several minutes.As a result, Despres lost 5 minutes on the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM). The Frenchman is now going all out to try and catch up with the stage leaders and thus limit the damage.

13:36 - quad
269 - Laskawiec leads after 67 km

The first 8 quads have completed 67 km of the day's special and Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) boasts the best provisional time, 1'12 ahead of Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 1'45 in front of the general standings leader, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha).

13:27 - bike
004 - Rodrigues opens up a gap at CP2

Now that the first 6 bikes have passed through CP2 after 115 km of the day's special, Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) still boasts the best time, 3'14 ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 8'12 in front of Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM). Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) trails the provisional leader by 8'37.

13:14 - bike
004 - Rodrigues leads again after 100 km

The first 5 bikes have completed 100 km of the day's special and Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) has wrestled back the best provisional time, 40" ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 41" in front of Chilean "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia). Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) trails the stage leader by 9'02.

13:12 - bike
003 - Problems for "Chaleco"...

In third after 100 km, Chilean Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia) has been at a standstill for 8'30 minutes at the 100 km point of the day's special and it seems as if he is carrying out repairs.

13:10 - car
301 - A fright on the link stage for "Peter"...

On the 503 km link stage this morning, it appears that Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) broke his gearbox. Luckily, his rapid assistance team was close behind him and he was able to carry out the necessary repairs in good time and join the starting point at the allotted time.

12:58 - car
302 - Al-Attiyah leads at CP1... but only just!

The first three cars have just passed through CP1 after 21 km of the day's special and Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) boasts the best provisional time, but only 1 tiny second ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 1'09 in front of his main rival in the general standings, his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW).

12:55 - truck
502 - The truck race is underway...

The winner of the 9th stage yesterday and new leader of the general standings, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) kicked off proceedings in the day's truck special, starting from 10th position in the car-truck pack, at 12.41 PM. The two times winner in 2005 and 2009 was followed 3 minutes later by his main rival in the general standings, his team-mate and countryman Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz). As a reminder, at the start of the day's stage, the gap separating the two men in the general standings is 4'11.

12:52 - bike
005 - Ongoing problems for Casteu...

Visibly still suffering from an engine or gearbox problem, Frenchman David Casteu (Sherco) has been to the starting point of the day's special to clock in, before returning to Fiambala, to probably carry on with repairs on his machine.

12:40 - car
300 - Sainz gets the car special started!

The winner of the 9th stage yesterday, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), kicked off proceedings for the day's special, at 12.23 PM, and was followed 2 minutes later by his main rival and leader of the general standings, his Qatari team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW). As a reminder, at the start of the 10th stage today, the gap separating the two men in the general standings is 3'18.

12:27 - bike
001 - Coma not letting anything go

The first 7 bikes have completed 67 km of the day's special and new Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) holds the best provisional time, 19" ahead of his main rival in the general standings, Frenchman Cyril despres (KTM) and 24" in front of Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (Aprilia).

12:23 - quad
251 - Machacek leads at CP1... but only just!

The first 6 quads have made it through CP1 after 21 km of the day's special and Czech rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha), winner of the event in 2009, boasts the best provisional time, but only 1 tiny second ahead of Polish rider Lukasz Laskawiec (Yamaha) and 27" in front of the general standings leader, Argentina's Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha).

12:06 - bike
007 - Opening the road is a complicated business!

First to get to grips with the day's special, but now suffering the effects of a navigational error in the first few kilometres, American Jonah Street (Yamaha) has just made it through CP1 after 21 km of the day's special, 13'17 behind the provisional stage leader.

12:03 - bike
004 - Best time for Rodrigues at CP1

Now that the first 26 bikes have passed through CP1 after 21 km of the day's special, Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha), 11th to start this morning, now holds the best provisional time, 14" ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 40" in front of his countryman Ruben Faria (KTM), who started in 28th this morning.

11:53 - bike
008 - Viladoms stops

In 4th place at CP1, Spaniard Jordi Viladoms (Yamaha) was forced to stop for five minutes at the 28 km point of the day's special, but has just set off again.

11:51 - bike
005 - Casteu has still not started...

With the third best time in the 9th stage yesterday, Frenchman David Casteu (Sherco) blew his engine after 406 km of the link stage leading to the starting point of the day's special. After alerting his assistance team, the man from Nice, who should have started at 11.04 AM, is currently located in the city of Fiambala according to his Iritrack...

11:48 - quad
252 - The quad race is underway...

The winner of the 9th stage yesterday, and leader of the general standings, Argentinean Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) kicked off proceedings in the day's quad special, starting at 11.35 AM, in 50th position in the bike-quad pack.

11:46 - bike
001 - Coma in 2nd at CP1

The first 6 bikes have now made it through CP1 after 21 km of the day's special and whilst Cyril Despres (KTM) still holds the best provisional time, the Frenchman now has a lead of 48" over the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), and 1'24 over Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM).

11:44 - bike
002 - Despres leads at CP1

The first four bikes have just passed through CP1 after 21 km of the day's special and Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) leads, 1'28 ahead of Spaniard Jordi Viladoms (Yamaha) and 3'06 in front of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW).

11:10 - bike
007 - Street gets the day's special started

At the end of the 9th stage yesterday, 228 crews (103 bikes, 16 quads, 65 cars and 44 trucks) were authorised to take starter's orders for today's stage. The day's special was kicked off by American Jonh Street (Yamaha) at 11.00 AM as scheduled. He was followed two minutes later by Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (BMW).As for the fight for the lead in the general standings, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) will start at 11.12 AM in 7th position, 4 minutes before the general standings leader, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM). As a reminder, at the start of this 10th stage, 8'14 is the size of the gap separating the two men at the front of the rally.

06:01
Back to Argentina...

862 km are on the menu of the 10th stage, making it the longest of the rally. The reason behind its size is the long link stage in the morning (686 km) which will take the competitors over the border, before a mythical special around Fiambala. 176 timed kilometres, already raced in 2010, but which the competitors will be tackling in the other direction before finishing in the banks of white dunes around Fiambala, which caused so many problems to the crews in the Dakar 2010, and a considerable amount of withdrawals!In sporting terms, the leaders of all the categories have been warned: however big their lead is, they could still lose it all in this sandy hell of a special. Only Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW), a major dunes specialist, will be able to look to this stage with confidence, all the more so since he will be setting off just behind his main rival, his team-mate Carlos Sainz (VW) who will have the difficult task of opening the road.This is not a problem that will be faced by Marc Coma (KTM) or Cyril Despres (KTM), the two duellists battling it out for the lead in the general standings. Respectively 7th and 9th on the 9th stage, the Frenchman and Spaniard are locked in a chess-like struggle, with both men seeking to avoid opening the way for the other. This will be a difficult challenge for Despres, who will be forced to attack on one of the last specials that could witness significant gaps, in light of the 8'14 by which he trails the leader Coma at the start of this 10th stage.

-source: dakar

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