A single second separates Nacho Cornejo and Toby Price at the end of stage 7. Sam Sunderland put in a strong finish to come in third at 2'11' and Xavier De Soultrait finished 2'34' back. Just over 2'30' separated the top 4 men. The second week looks very promising!
The winner of the prologue, Ricky Brabec, had not finished on the podium since his second place in stage 2, but the defending champion struck back today by beating Ignacio Cornejo by 2'07' and Skyler Howes by 2'19'. Sam Sunderland came in fourth place, just under three minutes down.
A dramatic turn of events at the Dakar as Kevin Benavides goes from challenging for the stage win to accumulating a deficit of more than 10 minutes with about 50 kilometres to go. Toby Price is just under four minutes behind the leader. Xavier De Soultrait is making hay of the situation to move up to second place!
Joan Barreda, Daniel Sanders and Ricky Brabec were among the first bikers to cross the finish line. We are now waiting for Kevin Benavides to finish to find out who takes the spoils today.