Today’s stage is the last one in Peru and the riders will cross the border into Chile to finish the day. 157 riders are scheduled to take the start. 25 have officially withdrawn including David Fretigne. Sadly our Bultaco rider, Ignacio Chivite, has also had to pack it in. Stage 5 is 274km with a 136km special.
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Stage 4 Video Recap
Stage 5 News Updates:
– Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves, who started the special stage in 17th position, stopped a little after the 6-km point, slightly away from the main tracks before setting off again. It seems that he took the wrong direction. Behind him, Pal Ullevalseter, James West and others have made the same mistake.
– After 53 km, Joan Barreda Bort took a route too far to the north before returning to the main tracks, a slight mistake that only lasted for a half dozen kilometres, enabling him to abandon the duties of opening the road, which is now the responsibility of David Casteu and Olivier Pain… Could it be a part of a tactical plan?
– With a time of 49’25”, France’s David Casteu still leads the provisional standings on the special stage at the half-way point. He leads his countryman Olivier Pain by 1’34”, Helder Rodrigues by 2’14”, Ruben Faria by 3’45”, Gérard Farres Guell by 3’47” and Joan Barreda Bort by 6’13”. Only these six competitors have so far completed 67 km of the stage.
– Joan Barreda Bort’s GPS signal indicates that he has been at a standstill for five minutes for a currently unknown reason. The rider has not set off an alert, so it is likely that he is experiencing technical problems.
– Kurt Caselli is 6th past CP1 and 13th at CP2
– Still stuck at the 72-km point since half an hour ago, Joan Barreda Bort looks like he has fuel pump problems.
– Go Yamaha! – David Casteu, who led the special stage from start to finish, has confirmed his domination at the finishing line with a total time of 1:39’42”, which should make him the day’s winner. Behind him, the situation is less clear, because the riders who set off after twentieth place have ridden like the wind: Svitko, Pedrero Garcia, Israel Esquerre, Caselli and Jakes are awaited at the finishing line to confirm their impressive positions. For the moment Olivier Pain, Alessandro Botturi and Helder Rodrigues make up the rest of the top four, but the situation is likely to change.
– Caselli Problems? With most of the riders finishing the stage, Caselli is listed has having finished an hour ahead of everyone, not a likely scenario. We await news of his situation. Team Honda’s Johnny Campbell arrives 83rd alongside Farres, Johnny is getting his work in as water carrier for the team. Laia Sanz 37th improving again today. No Barreda yet either. That will be a big shake up on the overall picture for the event!
Finish – Fortunately it looks like it was just a scoring issue with Kurt Caselli, he is in okay. Another big day for the Yamahas. But in the overall picture it looks like Depres is still well in control of the overall. Big problems for Barreda today. Any chance of a Husqvarna win is going to fall to Botturri or support rider Viladoms. Broadlink riders are in too, another good day for them.