The Dakar Rally
Stage 5: Chilecito / San Juan
Total stage: 781.66 km / Special stage: 455.74 km
Helder Rodrigues finished third in today's fifth stage of the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina and now sits just one second off the overall lead with the final stage scheduled for tomorrow.
Today's long stage from Chilecito to San Juan originally comprised 326 km of liaison and a further 455 km of special, but it was shorted to a 231 km special because of extremely cold temperatures at the start early this morning. The stage was won by Francisco Lopez, who now holds the slender one second overall lead.
Rodrigues rode a controlled stage over very fast terrain to maintain his challenge for this year's rally, while his TEAM HRC team-mate Javier Pizzolito had to ride today with no GPS, eventually finishing in ninth place.
Tomorrow's short, circular stage, starting and ending in San Juan, will be critical to the overall results, with Rodrigues scheduled to start in third place for the 146 km special.
|1||Francisco Lopes (KTM) 2h 27’25|
|2||Kurt Caselli (KTM) + 1’07|
|3||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) + 2’12|
|4||Marc Coma (KTM) + 2’52|
|5||David Casteu (Yamaha) + 5’08|
|9||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) + 7’14|
|1||Francisco Lopez (KTM) 16h 38’28|
|2||Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) + 0’01|
|3||Kurt Caselli (KTM) + 0’35|
|4||Marc Coma (KTM) + 3’58||5||David Casteu (Yamaha) + 5’30|
|6||Javier Pizzolito (TEAM HRC) + 6’19|