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Stage 10: Another heroic day for Laia Sanz and Miguel Puertas

15/01/2013
STAGE 10. (Tuesday) CÓRDOBA - LA RIOJA
Again Laia Sanz and Miguel Puertas have shown that no obstacle can prevent them from continuing their adventure of this Dakar. After arriving at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning in the camp and with just three hours to rest, Laia left Cordoba on Tuesday morning with a new engine in order to get to La Rioja to complete another day. With her backpacker, Miguel Puertas, who together on Monday drove about 400 km were determined to complete the next stage, with the fatigue and with the bike being slightly damaged by falls during her ordeal the previous day in which the Gas Gas Dakar Team working furiously against the clock, which did not allow any additional preventive preparations. So today calmly and with positive mentality facing a total of about 700 km from start to finish. But then there has been a setback by a broken navigation link for the Gas Gas rider. Laia has traveled much of the Tuesday special test without Iritrack (the satellite-link element that tells the organizers of the location of the rider and machine as well as guiding throughout the waypoints) This has made for a much slower pace, but having the support of her faithful squire, in the end, the two have finished the special test over three hours behind the leader. But Laia Sanz and Miguel Puertas are proving that history is written by these heroes of Dakar. That is why the rider from Corbera de Llobregat continues on her way to Santiago de Chile to get her third Dakar championship trophy for females.

Marc Guasch has done his best stage today aboard the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid. In the brush-lands he had an extraordinary finish in the 19th position and is now in the top 25 in the overall standings. Marc has decided to increase the pace while still protecting the mechanical integrity of the machine and as usual will wait to see what will happen with his nearest rivals. In the past two stages, the Gas Gas rider has given only 20 minutes on the new leader, Cyril Despres.

Tomorrow the eleventh day is considered the "Queen Stage" and comes up to Fiambalá. It will be a stage of dunes, sand and where navigation will be of special importance.


CLASSIFICATION STAGE 10

1. Joan Barreda                      4h:43' 14"
2. Cyril Despres                          +01'15"
3. Paulo Gonçalves                     +02'44"
4. Joan Pedrero                           +04'27"
5. Kurt Caselli                               +06'56"
...
19. MARC GUASCH                      +16'33"
126. LAIA SANZ                            +3h25'33"
128. MIGUEL PUERTAS                +3h26'13"


CLASSIFICATION GENERAL

1. Cyril Despres                       30h:47'04"
2. Ruben Faria                             +01'37"
3. Francisco "Chaleco" López      +13'41"
4. Ivan Jakes                                +18'21"            
5. Alessandro Botturi                    +24'25"
...
23. MARC GUASCH                     +02h29'24"
117. LAIA SANZ                           +16h42'53"
126. MIGUEL PUERTAS              +23h46'49"

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