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Carlos Sainz maintains the lead in the feared desert of Fiambalá

17 Enero 2018

The Peugeot Sport driver finishes third in the eleventh stage

Overall leaders Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz stretched their advantage after finishing third on the stage. They set a strong pace at the beginning of the stage, but then controlled their rhythm and concentrated on making the finish safely. They are now 50m45s in the lead over Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret.

Carlos Sainz: “Fiambala is always one of the most difficult stages of the whole Dakar and we saw that again today. My idea was just to go at a good pace but without pushing too hard. So, I was pleased to see after the first part of the stage that we were definitely in the fight. I went a bit quicker on the second part of the stage and we ended up with a decent time. That’s slightly increased our lead, so things are good for now.”

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