Barreda misses the last train
Nor will it be this year. Joan Barreda has lost this Thursday his last options to be crowned in the Dakar after losing 25 minutes to the new leader, Sam Sunderland, in the penultimate stage, a 346-kilometer loop in the town of Bisha in which sand and navigation have been the main protagonists.
Barreda finished the stage very late, in position 21. And what is worse, 25 minutes behind Kevin Benavides, winner of the special with four seconds of advantage over Sam Sunderland. The Englishman gave a blow of authority in the general, which now dominates with 6:52 of advantage over the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla and 7:15 over the Austrian Mathias Walkner. The three of them should play the title in 164 timed kilometers that remain in the final stage.
Barreda, which started as a cyclone, lost ground before reaching the third checkpoint (kilometer 127). Afterwards he was no longer able to recover.
Almost identical luck that the Castellón were Toby Price, Luciano Benavides and the until now leader, Adrian van Beveren, those in charge of opening the track in the morning. They all entered the finish line behind 20th place.