Dakar Day 4: Price has bad fall, Despres wins stage

Cyril Despres
Cyril Despres

The fourth stage has been fatal to the ambitions of the title holder Toby Price, who suffered a high speed fall. His team-mate Matthias Walkner deputized ably by grabbing victory from the hands of Joan Barreda, the race leader. In the car race, Cyril Despres won the stage and now leads the general standings.

Focus

The competitors commenced a series of five stages on the high plains of the Bolivian Andes, the world's second highest plateau after Tibet. Swift acclimatization is necessary with specials contested at 3,500 and 4,000 meters. At this altitude, the competitors are not used to encountering dunes, but that was indeed the challenge faced by the riders and drivers today. In addition, the end of the stage included tricky navigation, after no less than 400 km of the special!

The essentials

It has been a sad day for Toby Price. The Australian was leading on the last part of the special, but lost control of his KTM at more than 90 kph and fractured his left thigh bone in a fall, meaning the Dakar is over for the 2016 winner. He may well be leaving his trophy for Joan Barreda, who is solidly installed at the top of the general standings after another excellent stage that he almost won in spite of having had to open the way. In the car category, Cyril Despres had a dream of a day, picking up his first stage victory behind the wheel of a car and climbing to the top of the general standings. The Frenchman took advantage of the problems encountered by his team-mates Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz, with the Spaniard in danger of exiting the rally. In the quad race, Walter Nosiglia finally won his first victory on the Dakar in his home country and not without panache. In the truck category, the title holder Gerard de Rooy (Iveco) regained his form and served up a superb battle against Airat Mardeev (Kamaz) who he beat by only 30 seconds on completion of the 416-km special, to give the Dutchman his 31st stage victory on the Dakar.

Performance of the day

Matthias Walkner never gave up against Joan Barreda, who has been head and shoulders above the rest for two days. The Austrian managed to catch his Spanish rival over the last kilometers to grab his second stage victory on the Dakar after the one he won in 2015. After two withdrawals, perhaps the time is ripe for him to achieve a fine result in Buenos Aires.

A crushing blow

The day after Nasser Al-Attiyah exited the race when he was on the point of capturing the lead in the general standings, Carlos Sainz today encountered similar misfortune. There were only eight kilometers left for the Spaniard to cover in order to make up precious ground on his rivals, when he crashed off the tracks and rolled the car into a ravine. This mishap crushed the ambitions of the winner in 2010 for this year's edition and may potentially lead to him withdrawing from the race for the fifth consecutive time.

Stat of the day

A happy Despres
A happy Despres

22 of the 37 quads participating are ridden by South American riders. Indeed, representatives of this continent have won the first four stages with Brazilian Marcelo Medeiros, the Argentineans Pablo Copetti and Gaston Gonzalez as well as Bolivian Walter Nosiglia. What's more, the leader of the general standings, Ignacio Casale, is Chilean.

Quote of the day

Cyril Despres: “It's pretty amazing to win a stage after only three Dakars. It was not expected some years ago".

Standings

Car Top10 Overall

Pos. No. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1 307 DESPRES (FRA) , CASTERA (FRA) PEUGEOT 11:33:16
2 300 PETERHANSEL (FRA) , COTTRET (FRA) PEUGEOT 11:37:24 00:04:08
3 303 HIRVONEN (FIN) , PERIN (FRA) MINI 11:38:20 00:05:04
4 309 LOEB (FRA) , ELENA (MCO) PEUGEOT 11:40:04 00:06:48
5 305 ROMA (ESP) , HARO BRAVO (ESP) TOYOTA 11:43:46 00:10:30
6 316 PRZYGONSKI (POL) , COLSOUL (BEL) MINI 12:09:51 00:36:35
7 302 DE VILLIERS (ZAF) , VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 12:17:15 00:43:59
8 308 TERRANOVA (ARG) , SCHULZ (DEU) MINI 12:21:53 00:48:37
9 314 GARAFULIC (CHL) , PALMEIRO (PRT) MINI 12:54:36 01:21:20
10 322 ABU-ISSA (QAT) , PANSERI (FRA) MINI 13:09:06 01:35:50

Bike Top-10 Standings Overall

Pos. No. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1 11 BARREDA JOAN BORT (ESP) HONDA 12:35:43 00:01:00
2 3 QUINTANILLA (CHL) HUSQVARNA 12:54:02 00:18:19
3 16 WALKNER (AUT) KTM 12:56:09 00:20:26 00:05:00
4 2 SVITKO (SVK) KTM 12:59:54 00:24:11
5 14 SUNDERLAND (GBR) KTM 13:00:14 00:24:31
6 17 GONCALVES (PRT) HONDA 13:01:28 00:25:45
7 8 FARRES GUELL (ESP) KTM 13:06:04 00:30:21
8 9 BRABEC (USA) HONDA 13:07:33 00:31:50
9 6 VAN BEVEREN (FRA) YAMAHA 13:08:52 00:33:09
10 15 METGE (FRA) HONDA 13:17:41 00:41:58 00:11:30

Truck Top-10 Standings Overall

Pos. No. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1 513 SOTNIKOV (RUS) , AKHMADEEV (RUS) , LEONOV (RUS) KAMAZ 11:12:40
2 502 VILLAGRA (ARG) , YACOPINI (ARG) , TORLASCHI (ARG) IVECO 11:14:35 00:01:55
3 505 NIKOLAEV (RUS) , YAKOVLEV (RUS) , RYBAKOV (RUS) KAMAZ 11:17:20 00:04:40
4 515 SHIBALOV (RUS) , AMATYCH (RUS) , ROMANOV (RUS) KAMAZ 11:18:14 00:05:34
5 500 DE ROOY (NLD) , TORRALLARDONA (ESP) , RODEWALD (POL) IVECO 11:26:55 00:14:15
6 501 MARDEEV (RUS) , BELYAEV (RUS) , SVISTUNOV (RUS) KAMAZ 11:29:23 00:16:43
7 510 DE BAAR (NLD) , ROESINK (NLD) , DE GRAAFF (NLD) RENAULT TRUCKS 11:29:57 00:17:17
8 509 VERSLUIS (NLD) , KLEIN (DEU) , PRONK (NLD) MAN 11:34:34 00:21:54
9 504 STACEY (NLD) , VAN DER VAET (BEL) , KUPPER (NLD) MAN 11:34:49 00:22:09
10 507 VAN GENUGTEN (NLD) , VAN LIMPT (NLD) , DER KINDEREN (NLD) IVECO 11:45:49 00:33:09 00:23:00

Quad Top-10 Overall Standings

Pos. No. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1 254 KARYAKIN (RUS) YAMAHA 16:18:42
2 251 CASALE (CHL) YAMAHA 16:19:10 00:00:28
3 279 VITSE (FRA) YAMAHA 16:21:42 00:03:00 00:01:30
4 256 NOSIGLIA (BOL) HONDA 16:22:12 00:03:30
5 280 DUTRIE (FRA) YAMAHA 16:22:59 00:04:17
6 258 DOMASZEWSKI (ARG) HONDA 16:26:28 00:07:46
7 272 MAZZUCCO (ARG) CAN-AM 16:49:41 00:30:59
8 281 GONZALEZ (ARG) YAMAHA 16:54:19 00:35:37
9 250 SONIK (POL) YAMAHA 16:55:49 00:37:07
10 262 DA COSTA (FRA) YAMAHA 16:57:54 00:39:12 00:01:00

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