Stage 3. Marc Coma won the third stage of the Dakar 2011
Marc Coma won his law with a time of 4 hours 18 minutes 55 seconds and is second overall just 14 seconds behind the leader Cyril Despres.
It's time for truth and Marc Coma knows this very well. A frenetic pace, carried out along the 521 kms that made up the stage today, has allowed for Avia rider could cut in a day, more than two minutes apart that separated him from the French rider which continues to lead the race but with a minimal difference, 14 seconds. The long special, divided by a stretch neutralized, passed through rocky canyons and cliffs that gave away only moments to all members of the race.
Marc, knowing that the Dakar is now starting to show its claws, do not let the hardness of the race will surprise and applying the basic theory that the best defense is always the attack completed the 521 kms with a time of 4:18'55 seconds.
The hard tracks of the long stage gave way to a second part very technical, which he saw as the skill of the pilot AMV exceeded by far all the requirements of the land. In the end, cut in a day, unlike the Frenchman Cyril Despres was achieved in two. Only 14 seconds separate now twice Dakar winner (2006 - 2009), and the leader of the overall.
Joan Pedrero, "waterboy"of Marc Coma, very fast and consistent, he crossed the finish line tenth after sign a time of 4:29 '48 seconds. Its role, becoming the shadow of Marc Coma, is being carried out with absolute precision. His talents as a pilot, while learning from one of the largest in history, does not disagree with the effectiveness and the warm support to the pilot reference and teammate Marc Coma.
MARC COMA Pilot AMV: "The stage has been hard. Have been 521 km that were divided by a stretch neutralized with different changes of pace. We pressed from the start because from now on, the Dakar begins to show its toughness. We have come first part left behind a desert climate to make a second part which was very technical and demanding that we should maintain a high degree of concentration at all times. Tomorrow we expect a very hard stage in which the mechanics will have a vital importance."
-source: marc coma