Dakar Day 10: Barreda lights the fireworks as Al-Attiyah strengthens his grip

Joan Barreda

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. Nasser Al-Attiyah produced another virtuoso performance on the road to Salta today to clinch his fourth stage and expand his already wide lead in the general classification. Buenos Aires looms on the horizon.

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 Goncalves 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 Stefan Svitko. Juan Pedrero, on the other hand, lost heaps of time towards the end.

Meanwhile, in the quad category, Nelson Sanabria clinched his second Dakar stage win after producing a masterful ride to beat young Jeremi­as Gonzalez by 3'40" in Cachi. Walter Nosiglia capped a South American 1-2-3, but the big winner of today's stage was none other than Rafa‚ Sonik. The Pole capitalized on the withdrawals of close rivals Ignacio Casale and Sergio Lafuente and now has a 2 h 51' margin over González Ferioli with three days to go until the finish in Buenos Aires.

Nasser Al-Attiyah, firmly in command of the general classification since the second stage, is not the kind of driver who doses his efforts to make sure he comes out on top. The Qatari wants to win like a true champion as he fights for his second overall victory at the Dakar, as he showed on the road to Salta with his fourth stage victory this year. Al-Attiyah easily dominated the competition to beat Orlando Terranova by 1'35" and, even more importantly, put a further 3'30" into Yazeed Al-Rajhi and 4'24" into Giniel de Villiers.

The only two men left in Al-Attiyah's way came up short and are now 28 minutes adrift or more. A lonely fourth overall, Krzysztof HoÃ-‚owczyc kept going to finish six minutes behind the winner, just behind the equally solid Bernhard ten Brinke. Today's big surprise was Leeroy Poulter, fourth at 4'06" – a new career best at the Dakar. Stephane Peterhansel's Peugeot was only good enough for ninth at 7'23", right behind Emiliano Spataro and his Renault!

No-one would be surprised if Eduard Nikolaev were to be frustrated after taking his sixth stage win in Salta. The Russian, only second overall following a calamitous seventh stage, is clearly the fastest driver on the tracks but could run out of road before he can close the gap in the general classification. Ayrat Mardeev, second today a mere 49 seconds down, is doing a great job to defend his overall lead with three stages to go and still boasts a sizeable 13-minute margin over his teammate.

Results

BIKE – DAY 10 TOP-10

Pos. NO. Name Mark Time Behind Penalty
1 2 BARREDA BORT (ESP) HONDA 04:07:11
2 1 COMA (ESP) KTM 04:08:50 00:01:39
3 11 FARIA (PRT) KTM 04:09:08 00:01:57
4 26 PRICE (AUS) KTM 04:09:25 00:02:14
5 7 GONCALVES (PRT) HONDA 04:10:57 00:03:46
6 18 SVITKO (SVK) KTM 04:13:33 00:06:22
7 5 RODRIGUES (PRT) HONDA 04:13:37 00:06:26
8 31 QUINTANILLA (CHL) KTM 04:13:40 00:06:29
9 21 JAKES (SVK) KTM 04:16:10 00:08:59
10 37 VOGELS (NLD) KTM 04:17:30 00:10:19

BIKE – OVERALL TOP-10

Pos. NO. Name Mark Time Behind Penalty
1 1 COMA (ESP) KTM 38:13:50
2 7 GONCALVES (PRT) HONDA 38:21:25 00:07:35
3 31 QUINTANILLA (CHL) KTM 38:45:32 00:31:42
4 26 PRICE (AUS) KTM 38:45:56 00:32:06
5 18 SVITKO (SVK) KTM 38:59:09 00:45:19
6 9 CASTEU (FRA) KTM 39:55:04 01:41:14
7 11 FARIA (PRT) KTM 39:55:30 01:41:40 00:40:00
8 29 SANZ PLA-GIRIBERT (ESP) HONDA 40:18:50 02:05:00
9 21 JAKES (SVK) KTM 40:39:41 02:25:51
10 3 PAIN (FRA) YAMAHA 41:04:01 02:50:11

CAR – DAY 10 TOP-10

Pos. NO. Name Mark Time Behind Penalty
1 301 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)/BAUMEL (FRA) MINI 03:49:59
2 305 TERRANOVA (ARG)/GRAUE (ARG) MINI 03:51:34 00:01:35
3 325 ALRAJHI (SAU)/GOTTSCHALK (DEU) TOYOTA 03:53:38 00:03:39
4 327 POULTER (ZAF)/HOWIE (ZAF) TOYOTA 03:54:05 00:04:06
5 303 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)/VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 03:54:23 00:04:24
6 315 TEN BRINKE (NLD)/COLSOUL (BEL) TOYOTA 03:55:20 00:05:21
7 307 HOLOWCZYC (POL)/PANSERI (FRA) MINI 03:56:00 00:06:01
8 316 SPATARO (ARG)/LOZADA (ARG) RENAULT 03:57:18 00:07:19
9 302 PETERHANSEL (FRA)/COTTRET (FRA) PEUGEOT 03:57:22 00:07:23
10 306 SOUSA (PRT)/FIUZA (PRT) MITSUBISHI 03:58:17 00:08:18

CAR – OVERALL TOP-10

Pos. NO. Name Mark Time Behind Penalty
1 301 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)/BAUMEL (FRA) MINI 35:19:37 00:02:00
2 303 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)/VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 35:47:59 00:28:22
3 325 ALRAJHI (SAU)/GOTTSCHALK (DEU) TOYOTA 36:02:45 00:43:08
4 307 HOLOWCZYC (POL)/PANSERI (FRA) MINI 36:43:19 01:23:42
5 314 VAN LOON (NLD)/ROSEGAAR (NLD) MINI 38:10:50 02:51:13 00:40:00
6 309 LAVIEILLE (FRA)/MAIMON (FRA) TOYOTA 38:21:18 03:01:41
7 310 VASILYEV (RUS)/ZHILTSOV (RUS) MINI 38:31:47 03:12:10
8 315 TEN BRINKE (NLD)/COLSOUL (BEL) TOYOTA 38:59:05 03:39:28
9 306 SOUSA (PRT)/FIUZA (PRT) MITSUBISHI 39:01:30 03:41:53 00:40:00
10 329 RAKHIMBAYEV (KAZ)/NIKOLAEV (RUS) MINI 39:18:54 03:59:17 00:00:30

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