Chaleco Lopez received a hero's welcome on arriving victorious at the bivouac in Antofagasta 2'21 ahead of Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) with Marc Coma third at 3'45. Helder Rodrigues was 4th at 9'14 with Cyril's team mate Ruben Faria 5th at 10'44. Overall Cyril once again pulls back time on Coma and this evening is just 7'24 behind the Spaniard with Lopez also creeping closer at 18'27.
"Another special that was great fun to ride. I caught Helder at about kilometre 90 and got stuck in his dust until we got to the erg at kilometre 148. Then, after the refuelling CP, we took a different route to the quads and cars and went through a series of valleys on little goat tracks. There were some really steep climbs and descents -- it was like the Ezberg Rodeo in places -- and I couldn't help wondering how Cali (Christian Califano) was going to manage. All in all a superb day's riding and the result wasn't too bad either."
-source: cyril despres