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The “48 hours flat” stage of the Dakar causes great damage: leader Al-Rajhi abandons, Peterhansel loses everything

Contested over two days, Thursday and Friday, the sixth stage of the Dakar 2024, with no possibility of racing. for competitors to repair their machines, has already done so. chamboulé the positions, notably with the abandonment of car leader Yazeed Al-Rajhi and the mechanical problems of Stéphane Peterhansel.

[Mis à day January 11   2:44 p.m.] The sixth stage of the Dakar 2024, called "48 hours flat" because it is played over two days (Thursday and Friday) without the possibility of winning. repair, without assistance or communication, promised spectacle and twists and turns. Halfway through Thursday, although most of the favorites, cars and motorcycles, have already finished. downstream almost three-quarters of the 626 kilometers of the special before joining one of the seven bivouacs scattered throughout on the course, it is clear that the general ranking is going to be upset. when the competitors will return à Shubaytah Friday.

This is particularly true in cars where there is a lot of pressure. leader Yazeed Al-Rajhi left the race only 51 kilometers after the start. The Saudi's Toyota rolled over and was too damaged to allow him to return. the one who led the dance of the race until then; to get back on the trail. Al-Rajhi is not the only one having lost the Dakar during this new kind of stage. Stéphane Peterhansel, classifiedé sixth overall this morning and started at a good pace, experienced a major breakdown which he explained at kilometer 256 in comments relayed by the team. s on the race site. "We had a flat tire, and the body of the hydraulic jack came loose. As we don't have a manual jack, we don't know how we will be able to change the wheel. With the hydraulic system damaged, I no longer have power steering and I don't know how we're going to get out of this.& quot; Point&eac; &agrav; nearly two hours of the best à halfway through, the Frenchman lost his chances of winning a 15th Dakar, and there is nothing to say that he will be able to leave tomorrow morning.

Far from all these worries, Carlos Sainz is until now the one who does the best operation on this marathon stage. The Spaniard enjoys himself in the dunes and finds himself, with more than 20 minutes taken up for the moment, at his disposal. Nasser Al-Attiyah, second this morning, in the position of provisional leader. The Swede Mattias Ekström, on Audi like Sainz, is also at the forefront. the party and now in the shoes of a virtual dolphin. Finally, SéSébastien Loeb, who had chosen to waste time the day before so as not to open the track and follow in the footsteps of his main competitors, saw his tactics pay off since the Alsatian was provisionally third' th of the stage and could be one of the big winners when it comes to counting on Friday evening.

There was less upheaval on the sideé motorcycles. A pretender to victory, Pablo Quintanilla, however, saw all his hopes of victory disappear. Winner the day before, the Chilean fellé on the way to gasoline & 10 kilometers from a refueling point and lost more than an hour and a half in the process. Third when hitting the road this Thursday, the American Ricky Brabec drove full throttle all day and filled the gap his delay on the leader Ross Branch and his runner-up Jose Ignacio Cornelo Florimo to spend the night in the shoes of the virtual leader. Only one biker showed up. faster than the Californian, and it was the Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren who was a little over a minute ahead when the gong sounded ; 2 p.m. (local time), stipulating à everyone engaged on two wheels to stop the race and reach the nearest bivouac to spend the night. It will allow organisms to be repaired (a little), but not machines, as stipulated in the regulations for this stage unlike any other.

Autos: the general classification is up to date the end of the 5th stage

1. (=) Al Rajhi/Gottschalk (Toyota) in 17h24'04"
2. (+1) Al Attiyah/Baumel (Prodrive Hunter) à 9'03"
3. (-1) Sainz/Cruz (Audi) à 11'31"
4. (+1) Ekström/Bergkvist (Audi) à 22'58"
5. (+2) Serradori/Minaudier (Century) à 31'
6. (+2) Peterhansel/Boulanger (Audi) à 34'12"

7. (+2) Zala/Fiuza (Mini) à 37'07"
8. (+2) De Mevius/Panseri (Toyota) à 41'51"
9. (-3) Loeb/Lurquin (Prodrive Hunter) à 43'03"
10. (-6) Moraes/Monleon (Toyota) à 54'47"

Motorcycles: the overall ranking à the outcome of the 5th stage

1. (+1) Ross Branch (BWA/Hero) in 19h05'03"
2. (-1) Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (CHI/Honda) à 1'14"
3. (=) Ricky Brabec (USA/Honda) à 3'47"
4. (+1) Adrien Van Beveren (FRA/Honda) à 18'10"
5. (-1) Kévin Benavides (ARG/KTM) à 21'17"
6. (+1) Pablo Quintanilla (CHI/Honda) à 26'47"
7. (-1) Luciano Benavides (ARG/Husqvarna) à 30'36"
8. (=) Toby Price (AUS/KTM) à 31'36"
9. (+2) Daniel Sanders (AUS/GASGAS) à 37'44"
10. (=) Romain Dumontier (FRA/Husqvarna) à 38'52"

The route of the Dakar 2024

  • Friday January 5-Prologue: Al-Ula – Al-Ula → 128km including 28km of special (Winners: Ekström/Schareina)
  • Saturday January 6-&Step 1 : Alula – Al Henakiyah → 541km including 414km of special(Winners: De Mevius/Branch)
  • Sunday January 7 – Stage 2: Al Henakiyah – Al Duwadimi → 655km including 463km of special(Winners: Peterhansel/Cornejo Florimo)
  • Monday January 8-&Stage 3: Al Duwadimi – Al Salamiya → 733km including 438km of special(Winners: Moraes/K. Benavides)
  • Tuesday January 9-&Stage 4: Al Salamiya – Al-Hofuf → 631km including 299km of special(Winners: Loeb/Cornejo Florimo)
  • Wednesday January 10-&Step 5: Al-Hofuf – Shubaytah → 645km including 118km of special (Winners: Al-Attiyah/Quintanilla)
  • Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January-Éstep 6: Shubaytah – Shubaytah → 835km including 626km of special
  • Saturday January 13: Rest
  • Sunday January 14-&Stage 7: Riyadh – Al Duwadimi → 873km including 483km of special
  • Monday January 15-&Step 8: Al Duwadimi – Hail → 678km including 458km of special
  • Tuesday January 16-&Step 9: Hail – Al Ula → 639km including 417km of special
  • Wednesday January 17-ÉStage 10 : Al Ula – Al Ula → 612km including 371km of special
  • Thursday January 18-&Step 11: Al Ula – Yanbu → 587km including 480km of special
  • Friday January 19-&Step 12: Yanbu-Yanbu → 328km including 175km of special

The main entrants in the auto category< /h2>

– Al Attiyah/Baumel (Prodrive Hunter) – n°200
– Al-Rajhi/Gottschalk (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) – n°201
– Peterhansel/Boulanger (Audi RS Q e-tron E2) – n°202
– Loeb/Lurquin (Prodrive Hunter) – n°203
– Sainz/Cruz (Audi RS Q e-tron E2) – n°204
– Yacopini/Oliveiras (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) – n°205
– Moraes/Monleon (Toyota GR DKR Hilux) – n°206
– Ekström/Bergkvist (Audi RS Q e-tron E2) – n°207
– De Villiers/Murphy (Toyota GR DKR Hilux) – n°209
– Roma/Bravo (Ford Ranger) – n°210
– Chicherit/Winocq (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) – n°211
– Quintero/Zenz (Toyota GR DKR Hilux) – n°216
– From Mévius/Panseri (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) – n°221
– Baumgart/Cincea (Prodrive Hunter) – n°247

The main entrants in the motorcycle category

– Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) – n°1
– Toby Price (KTM) – n°2
– Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) – n°4
– Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) – n°5
– Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) – n°7
– Ricky Brabec (Honda) – n°9
– Skyler Howes (Honda) – n°10
– Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (Honda) – n°11
– Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) – n°16
– Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) – n°42
– Ross Branch (Hero) – #46
– Kevin Benavides (KTM) – n°47
– Tosha Schareina (Honda) – n°73
– Joan Barredo (Hero) – n°88

Which channel to follow the Dakar 2024 ?

There is change in 2024. Privileged partner! of the rally since the start, France Télévisions will no longer be the main broadcaster of the race this year. Only the Dakar Journal will be offered. every evening to viewers of the public service channel around 8:50 p.m. This 46th edition marks the arrival of the Dakar on the L'Equipe Channel. Broadcast unencrypted on TNT, on channel 21, the channel of the major sports daily will cover the race in detail.

The big live show will allow you to see the arrival of the main competitors every day between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. with several journalists and consultants on site to collect the first reactions ;actions of participants. It will also be possible to watch the Dakar Journal from the channel from 6:20 p.m. while the summary begins at 6:20 p.m. of each stage will be broadcast &agrav; 8 p.m. For those who weren't able to watch, the best moments from each stage will be rebroadcast every day tomorrow. from 11 a.m. Please note that the Eurosport group, via its channels 1 and 2, will always follow the race, with a summary of the event. about fifty minutes every day ' 8 p.m., 11:30 p.m. or the next morning & 8am.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116