Stage 12. Marc Coma gets his fifth stage victory
Marc Coma has made a spectacular comeback in the last sector by 37 seconds beating his nearest rival Cyril Despres. Joan Pedrero remains in the top five after finishing in eighth place - +23:19 - the complicated special of today.
After a very difficult special due to weather variability and the slippery terrain through which it passed twelfth stage of the Dakar, the AMV rider Marc Coma for the fifth time was the fastest of the day. After 555 competitive kilometers, Coma was 37 seconds faster than his closest rival, Frenchman Cyril Despres and 7 minutes and 21 seconds the Portuguese Helder Rodrigues.
Heavy rains over all the way much of the day have create numerous tires problems for participants. After leave from San Juan early in the morning, the pilots have fallen into second place for "refueling" to take after a long climb and cross the Sierra de Cordoba, where he has completed this twelfth stage.
Tomorrow will be held the last special timed of the Dakar this year. After playing the last 181 competitive kilometers, the riders will face a long liaison of more than 600km to the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires.
MARC COMA Pilot AMV: "Today was a very complicated stage due to rain that has fallen, which has been very difficult field. Although take things very carefully, we have a new partial victory brings us a little closer to our ultimate goal. We can not forget that there is still the day tomorrow, with 181 competitive kilometers and this is the Dakar and to the finish line in Buenos Aires can not lower our guard."
-source: marc coma