Adrien Van Beveren may have finished in ninth place almost five minutes behind Joaquim Rodrigues, but the Yamaha rider has taken a leap forward in the overall classification to only four seconds behind Sam Sunderland, who finished 17th today.
Daniel Sanders has revealed the reason for his drop down the stage classification on the last part of the stage: he stopped for several minutes to take a bite to eat!
Daniel Sanders has been eagerly awaited at the finishing line to discover the outcome of this special, but in the end, he has dropped down into fifth position, almost three minutes behind Joaquim Rodrigues, who picks up his first success on the Dakar and also provides the Hero team with their first victory. Toby Price has completed the stage in second place, ahead of the incredible Mason Klein.
After 218 km, Daniel Sanders has opened a slight gap over Joaquim Rodrigues. The GasGas rider has a lead of 51’’ over the Hero team ride and an advantage of 1’40’’ over Skyler Howes’ Husqvarna. Will GasGas be celebrating a fourth consecutive victory?