After managing to reach the finishing line in Bisha late on Sunday evening, Sara Jugla is again encountering difficulties among the Saudi dunes. With a strapped-up left elbow, the Frenchwoman is bravely continuing the special and seems determined to finish stage two.
In the leading trio as they began to tackle the last 100 kilometres, rookie Daniel Sanders has finished more than 16 minutes behind the stage winner.
After three very impressive participations and especially a 6th-placed finish obtained in 2019, American Andrew Short has met with disappointment on the second stage. He ground to a halt after 273 km of the special due to a mechanical problem that he has not been able to fix. Convinced that it was not necessary to wait for help from his assistance team, he has thrown in the towel and has been airlifted from the stage by one of the organiser’s helicopters.
Having led from the first time check point, Joan Barreda has dominated stage two to pick up his 25th special stage victory on the Dakar and climb to the top of the general standings, emulating his countryman Marc Coma in fourth position in the all-time ranking of special stage victories in the bike race!