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Stage 11: Laia Sanz regains 100 positions in the queen stage

16/01/2013
STAGE 11. (Wednesday) LA RIOJA - FIAMBALÁ
The dreaded coming of the eleventh stage of Fiambalá has finished in the best possible way for Laia Sanz. The Gas Gas rider finished in the top 25 in the saddle of the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid after starting the day in the 125th position. The stage had been shortened by 30 km because of overflowing rivers due to the rain that has fallen and subsequently has made the sand dunes more compact and easier for all participants. But the difficulty of the day today resided in navigation. Laia, coming from behind, with a great response from her bike, has been going at a high rate to overtake 100 riders by the end of the 191 km of special test. Yesterday she had taken the day quietly with all the accumulated fatigue, Wednesday was the perfect day to respond with a performance that put the ninth stage behind her and at one point she passed one of the control points in the twelfth position.

Who suffered navigation problems has been Marc Guasch and practically the entire group that started in the lead. Marc has given up more than half an hour at km 31, where he and his rivals were lost. Halfway through the special test, the rider reacted in the brush lands and is now ranked 27th overall. For her part, the commander and her quintessential companion, Miguel Puertas, have also shown a good performance with the 66th fastest time. The three riders of the Gas Gas Dakar Team have completed a great day and the team remains one of the few to reach the final three stages with all riders remaining in the race. The twelfth and penultimate stage of the Dakar will go back to Argentina again to Chile with a total of 711 km.

LAIA SANZ

"Today was a great day, I started alone and then I felt very comfortable. Being a short stage I could ride a higher pace than yesterday, which was exhausting. I think it was very important not to make any navigation mistakes to overcome. Additionally there is the comfort and perfection of the bike in any terrain. More importantly, I am riding at a very steady and fast pace, it's like I am more comfortable. Now with focus placed on the bivouac for preparation of tomorrow's road-book, dinner and rest. the goal remains to finish."

MARC GUASCH

"I started with the front guys and we had no clear path for reference, which has led many of us to become lost. But I am pleased that overall we have not lost much time. Rhythm is falling because we all want to reach the end without risking it all. I believe we can be very happy, as a team, we are finishing the Dakar."

MIGUEL PUERTAS

"We had very favorable conditions. The rain has made the dunes easier to overcome and the temperature was low, which certainly has benefited us all to stay in the race. We could soon reach the bivouac and already we are in the normal rhythm, Dakar is quite an adventure! But a successful adventure thanks to all who are part of this team. "

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