Giroud leads the quads as Dutu springs surprise in Dakar stage 8 - 100km to ride

Giroud leads the quads as Dutu springs surprise in Dakar stage 8 - 100km to ride

11.01.2021: DAKAR RALLY Stage 8 from Sakaka to Neom Monday, January 11th 2021 *at the start quads 14 13:20 The lead switches to Giroud With one hundred kilometres to the finishing line, Alexandre Giroud has taken the lead, but only b


DAKAR RALLY
Stage 8 from Sakaka to Neom
Monday, January 11th 2021





*at the start  quads   13


 

13:20 The lead switches to Giroud


    With one hundred kilometres to the finishing line, Alexandre Giroud has taken the lead, but only by ten seconds ahead of Romain Dutu. Giovanni Enrico still occupies third place, 30’’ in front of general standings leader Manuel Andújar.
   



 11:56 Dutu springs a surprise

    It was expected that the battle in the quad category today would take place between Giovanni Enrico, Alexandre Giroud and Manuel Andújar, but Romain Dutu has other ideas. The Frenchman, who ran up against misfortune last year on his first participation on the Dakar, now leads the stage after 190 km, with a lead of more than 2’10’’ over his countryman Giroud. Enrico occupies third place, more than three minutes behind, whilst general standings leader Andújar has lost more than four minutes.
 


  09:44 Only 13 left


    After the premature exit from the rally of Nicolás Cavigliasso, 13 quad riders have started the day’s special. At the first time check point, Giovanni Enrico leads the stage, seven seconds ahead of Alexandre Giroud. General standings leader Manuel Andújar has already lost a little less than two minutes.
   


 08:48 Andújar starts

    Now it is the turn of the quads to get to grips with the stage, led out by Manuel Andújar. Following the premature exit from the rally of his countryman Nicolás Cavigliasso due to a mechanical problem yesterday, the Argentinean now leads the general standings, but Giovanni Enrico and Alexandre Giroud will be determined to not let him have it all his own way!
   



 07:50 Andújar takes up the favourite's mantle


    Manuel Andújar has inherited the lead in the quad race from Nicolás Cavigliasso after the 2019 champion was knocked out by a mechanical problem yesterday. The Argentinian is about 20 minutes clear of Alexandre Giroud and Giovanni Enrico, who could be his only rivals from here to Jeddah… but, again, no-one is home and dry yet!
 


  07:10 Off to Neom!

    After the first part of the marathon stage proved to be a gruelling experience for some, the second part will give those who eased up yesterday an opportunity to gain a significant edge. A 375 km special awaits the competitors on the road to Neom, featuring a course littered with stones and packed with sand. Once again, competitors will have to be on high alert to avoid navigation errors, mechanicals and flat tyres!








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