The reigning champion’s victory in today’s stage was only good enough to propel him to eight place overall, 14’52” behind his teammate Ignacio Cornejo.
“I’m not sure about getting back a whole lotta time. Toby’s still behind me. We’re gonna try and stay focused and make it through tomorrow to get back to a mechanic. I don’t know if this Dakar is about strategy. I think the strategy is to not open. I think everyone that’s opening is just losing a little bit of time. There’s five days left and we’re gonna try just to finish in the top 7 every day and see if we can make up a little bit of time.”
By: Official Dakar website