Dakar: Gauloises Racing stage 12 report

Stage 12 of the Euromilhoes Dakar 2006 took the competitors from Mali and its capital Bamako to Guinea and the city of Labe. On the 369kms of timed special, Cyril Despres captured his fourth success so far, only gaining over a minute on Marc Coma.

Stage 12 of the Euromilhoes Dakar 2006 took the competitors from Mali and its capital Bamako to Guinea and the city of Labe. On the 369kms of timed special, Cyril Despres captured his fourth success so far, only gaining over a minute on Marc Coma. The Spaniard remains a very comfortable overall leader with a 32'39" advantage.

After his upsets on Mauritanian soil suffering a severe crash on his way to Zouerat, Cyril Despres (KTM -- n1) will certainly have the satisfaction not to have withdrawn from the rally. The courageous Frenchman clinched a fourth success on this 28th edition. On his way to a 14th stage win on a Dakar, Cyril Despres beat his main rival Marc Coma (KTM -- n2) by only 1'45". A tiny advantage for Despres considering his time deficit overall: now 32'39".

But the day was very eventful when it came to the following positions of the leaderboard. Fourth before the start this morning, Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM -- n5) struggled and crossed the finish line losing 1h25'. The Norwegian drops down to sixth spot of the race, over 3 hours adrift. It was also a bad day for Carlo De Gavardo (KTM -- n4), suffering mechanical problems after crossing a river. Water in the engine of the Chilean's KTM forced him to lose over 44min. De Gavardo keeps his fifth spot overall but sees Chris Blais pass him and move up to fourth position. The American who had claimed fourth place of yesterday's special did even better today, finishing third, 2'29" adrift. Blais, 25-years-of age looks to be headed to an excellent fourth spot in Dakar after capturing 9th spot last year for his first Dakar. He could even do better: he is indeed 21'35" behind Giovanni Sala, third.

-gauloises-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Chris Blais , Pal Anders Ullevalseter