- By cannonball
The Dakar Rally may be most famous for the drama that often plays out in the last half of this, the world’s most famous off-road race, and the 10th stage may just have provided that in a massive dose.
After the cancellation of yesterday’s stage 9 due to heavy rains making the original bivouac a muddy quagmire impossible to work in, the field prepared for stage 10 with renewed enthusiasm, but none could foresee just how much things would change. It began in Salta, Argentina, with a 242-kilometer timed special stage followed by a 320-kilometer liaison or transfer section, a second 129-kilometer special (times of the two specials combined for a single total) before a final 103-kilometer liaison ending in Belén. Much of the going saw the return of sandy or rocky terrain as well as southern hemisphere summer, with temperatures well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. And while the heat somewhat factored into the results, it was tricky navigation that proved to be the undoing of many of the favorites.
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