This morning's mass start produced an atypical stage result, with the win going to the American Street 3'38 ahead of Verhoeven with Casteu third at 3'40. Starting in the first wave of ten, Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) finished 7th (at 6'03) with Marc Coma 9th (at 7'08). Overall Cyril reduces Coma's lead to 8'14 with Lopez third at 23'33. Despite finishing in 26th place Cyril's team mate Ruben Faria maintains his 5th place overall.
"Last night with the team we examined a few different strategies for today's mass start, but as is often the case, I had to come up with a couple more as the stage progressed. The first forced revision came early on in the special when my kilometre counter stopped functioning. Helder (Rodrigues) was leading and so I had little choice but to follow him. The other 8 riders in our wave did the same and by the time we realised we were on the wrong track and had doubled back the second wave of 20 riders had gone by and there was dust and bikes in all directions. After that I didn't have many solutions until just 20 kilometres from the end when I made a break and managed to take just over 1 minute from Marc. Although I might have preferred a different outcome, the final result went in the right direction and there is another interesting special in Fiambala in Argentina tomorrow that holds promise."
-source: cyril despres