Dmitry Sotnikov has a lead of almost three minutes over Federico Villagra after about 400 km of racing, with Ayrat Mardeev in third place at 4'39'.
After Axel Dutrie yesterday, today it was another Frenchman's turn to claim his first Dakar win. Yamaha's Simon Vitse produced an amazing performance to win in Tupiza, putting 3'27' into Marcelo Medeiros and 5'20' into Ignacio Casale in the longest stage of this year's Dakar.
Cyril Despres put in a monster performance today, snapping at the heels of Stéphane Peterhansel throughout the 500 km special and finishing just 49 seconds behind his teammate at Peugeot!
Stéphane Peterhansel bounced back from yesterday's nightmare to win today's stage. The Frenchman is still far from his teammate Carlos Sainz in the general classification, but he also proved that he remains as dangerous as ever!