Joan Barreda won his second stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally on Tuesday, becoming the first man to win more than one motorbike stage during this year's edition.
Sebastien Loeb hit back at team-mate Stephane Peterhansel, who took Monday's stage, by putting together a dominant outing on his way to a third stage win and the lead in the car standings.
Here's a look at Tuesday's results from every group:
As Dakar's official Twitter account shared, the dreadful weather conditions of the past few days meant Tuesday's stage became the latest to suffer a few changes:
With just four stages left, competitors are quickly running out of room to make up time―see below for details. For full route information, visit Dakar's official website:
|Stage||Date||Bike/Quad Distance (KM)||Car/UTV Distance (KM)||Truck Distance (KM)|
|9||Wednesday, Jan. 11||977||977||977|
|10||Thursday, Jan. 12||751||751||751|
|11||Friday, Jan. 13||759||759||759|
|12||Saturday, Jan. 14||786||786||786|
Sam Sunderland entered the day with a healthy lead in the motorbike category, but he and his colleagues were powerless to stop Barreda from grabbing his second stage win. The Spaniard led from start to finish, making up almost four minutes on Sunderland.
With the queen stage on the horizon and four days of racing left, Barreda needed to grab some momentum, and he delivered on Tuesday. His rival said Tuesday was a big day for the race:
Sunderland still has a massive lead, however, and the rest of the field has to hope for major mechanical issues during the queen stage, or the British racer will cruise to the win.
Peugeot continued their run of dominance in the cars division, as Loeb grabbed his third win of this year's Dakar race and the lead in the standings. The Frenchman led for most of the day, and Peterhansel had to rally to reduce the deficit in the final sector.
Loeb now leads his team-mate by 98 seconds heading into the queen stage. Peugeot take up the first three spots in the general classification, with Mikko Hirvonen and his Mini lagging more than 53 minutes behind the leader.
Sergey Karyakin finished almost six minutes behind stage leader Ignacio Casale, and with Axel Dutrie right on the Russian's heels, the quad category could be in for a major shake-up on Wednesday.