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2012 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Results
Stage 7- Copiapo to Copiapo
*this thread will be updated throughout the day as results come in.
After the impromptu liaison/rest day yesterday, the battle continues at the Dakar Rally. Stage 5 was a tough on for many of the riders. While it only took the leaders two and half hours to complete the stage, over 20 riders carded a DNF for the day. This included American Mike Stanfield. With such a challenging stage, due to the heat on terrain, I am sure many welcomed the rest day. Now back to the fight.
Today’s stage is a loop with a 419km special stage followed by a 154km liaison back to Copiapo.
Check 7 – The top 15 riders are though check 7, Coma, Gonclaves, Despres, Ullevalsetter, Farres, Casteau, Villadoms, Rodriguez, Verhoeven. All of these are within about 6 minutes of each other. Lopez has taken a spill and while still moving, is loosing considerable time, some 20 min back of the leaders.
Finish line – Top riders are in, spending about 4 hours on the stage. Coma, Despres, Gonclaves, Rodriquez, Farres, Ullevalsetter, Casteau, Faria, Verhoeven
Pizzolito has lot time with mechanicals, Lopez still dripping time also. Aubert and Birch running in the 30’s, Laia Sanz and Guash are in the 40’s. Ned Suesse is back around 100th today. James Embro is not showing on the scoring currently.
“Portugal’s Paulo Gonçalves (Husqvarna) has managed to get a podium place in stage 7 of the Dakar rally by overtaking Cyril Despres (KTM) at CP3. He finished the special in third place, 46′ behind the Frenchman. Hélder Rodrigues also performed well and took a well-earned fourth place, 3’46’ behind the leader. He was followed by Gerard Farrés Güell (+6’50’), Pal Anders Ullevalseter (+8’07’) and David Casteu (+8’43’, seventh). Ruben Faria came in eighth, placing his KTM 8’48’ behind today’s winner, and ahead of Frans Verhoeven (+9’24’) and Jordi Viladoms (+11’26’). Hélder Rodrigues (+49’39’) holds third in the general classification, behind Despres and Coma and ahead of Paulo Goncalves (+55’33’) and David Casteu (+1 h 05’38’) who round off the Top 5″.