Well beyond contention to win the OA, Joan Barreda takes stage win, look for him to win most of the remaining stages as Coma conserves his lead
Gonclaves loses minutes to Coma in overall standings
Laia Sanz holds her 8th place position
Strong day again for Toby Price
Austrian Matthias Walkner retires today, reported suffering from illness
Joan Barreda wanted a stage win on the road to Cachi to put several days of bad luck behind him. Today, the Spaniard got his way in a special in which he was head and shoulders above a nonetheless impressive Marc Coma.
Joan Barreda, frustrated by a streak of bad luck which sounded the death knell for his overall ambitions in stage 8, was determined to grab as many stage wins as possible to finish the Dakar in style. The Spaniard, possibly the most talented rider in the field, claimed his third win since the start in Buenos Aires after setting an infernal pace throughout the entire special and finishing 1′39″ ahead of Marc Coma in Cachi. Coma himself was the other big winner of today’s stage, as he increased the gap separating him from his closest rivals.
Paulo Gonçalves had to settle for fifth, conceding an extra two minutes to his KTM foe. Eighth-placed Pablo Quintanilla lost even more ground and now holds a wafer-thin margin over the solid Toby Price, fourth today at 2′14″. Ruben Faria also had a good day on the saddle, clocking the third fastest time, just like sixth-placed Štefan Svitko. Juan Pedrero, on the other hand, lost heaps of time towards the end.