CHALECO "SURFES" BETWEEN THE DUNES THE SECOND STAGE OF THE ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE WAS A VERY HARD STAGE. MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF DUNES AND A HELLISH HOT CLAIMS ITS FIRST VICTIMS. CHALECO REACHED COMA AND FINISHES 3RD OF THE...
CHALECO "SURFES" BETWEEN THE DUNES
THE SECOND STAGE OF THE ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE WAS A VERY HARD STAGE. MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF DUNES AND A HELLISH HOT CLAIMS ITS FIRST VICTIMS. CHALECO REACHED COMA AND FINISHES 3RD OF THE DAY, KEEPING THE SECOND PLACE OVERALL BEHIND THE SPANIARD WITH A DIFFERENCE OF THREE MINUTES.
ABU DHABI - the oven of the desert of Rub Al Kahli welcomed the riders among its sinuous dunes today for the second stage of the Desert Challenge. There were 305km of an underworld, all dunes and sand accompanied by a temperature around 45 degrees Celcius. It was the first real and tiring stage of the Desert Challenge, and the average speed of the day was less than 70km/h.
Francisco Lopez has started second this morning, two minutes behind Marc Coma and after 40km he has reached the Spaniard, riding along with him for a long portion of the stage, mostly opening the way. Only in the final, the opening duo was met by James West, and the fast South African rider who lives in the UAE, Sean Gaugain. The four riders finished together, and the best time was obviously for Gaugain, who started fourteen minutes after Coma.
Chaleco obtained the 3rd place of the day, twelve minutes behind the winner, but most important, he has taken back two minutes from the leader of the race, who was fifth of the day. Lopez has gained an additional minute even over David Casteu, one of his direct rivals in the 450 class.
The overall ranking is leaded by Coma, three minutes over Lopez, while Gaugain, the dune 's specialist who knows them as if they were his own backyard, occupies the 3rd place, 1 '2 ' ' behind the Chilean rider.
Tomorrow, for the third stage will not be very different: 377km of timed section in the dunes.
Francisco Lopez: "It was a very hard stage; drive between these dunes with such a high temperature is not simple. After 40km I reached Coma and we have continued together for a long time of the stage. I opened the way almost all the stage, and then Gaugain arrived as a lightening with West and they crossed the finish line at the same time. Today, my Aprilia has done a great job, and even if the dunes were very demanding, it was very easy to ride."