|Sardegna Rally Race||Stage 3||10/06/2014|
|Arbatax > San Leonardo||Total：302km||Special stage：212km|
The third day of the Sardegna Rally proved to be a bittersweet marathon stage for Team HRC, in which Joan Barreda won the first Special and Helder Rodrigues finished in third place on the second.
It is by San Leonardo’s roman church where the riders will rest in their tents after a very difficult marathon of the Sardegna Rally Race. Team HRC riders have once again done their best to overcome the series of inconveniences that they have encountered. The bikes have been taken to a parc ferme in which the mechanics will not be able to work on them after having completed the 122 kilometers of today’s second Special. They will not be able to work on them until the riders have completed the first sector of the fourth stage that consists of an additional 49 kilometers.
Paulo Gonçalves was the first one to start today and opened the track, setting a good pace during the first part up until the arrival to the assistance point. The second part of the day, on a very twisted part of the route, the front brake overheated, preventing him from keeping the pace and having to slow down and finished the second sector in twelfth place. The Portuguese rider has conceded the lead and is currently fourth on the overall standing.
Joan Barreda was really strong on the start, setting a fast pace and taking the first place on the first sector, finishing one minute ahead of the runner-up, Marc Coma. However, on the second Special his roadbook stopped working unexpectedly, making it impossible for him to follow the correct route. He waited for another rider to catch-up to him to follow him and finish the Special. Due to this he has lost a lot of time and is currently ninth in the overall standing.
The best HRC Team rider today has been Hélder Rodrigues. The Portuguese did not lose much time during the first Special and made no mistakes while reading his roadbook. He has finished in third place on a rather complicated second Special today. ‘Estrelinha’ has gained some positions on the overall standing and currently holds the fifth place of the Rally.
Stage 4. 11 June 2014. San Leonardo-San Teodoro
SS6: 47 km
SS7: 65 km
Total: 278 km
This is the start of the Marathon Stage of the Sardegna Rally 2014, which will be completed the next day in San Teodoro. In the midst of a whirlwind of difficulties and uncertainties, on the one hand the impossibility to meet the Assistances, on the other hand the charm of the bivouac of San Leonardo.
The third portion of the Sardegna Rally is also the beginning of the long and difficult Marathon Stage both for the Riders of the World Championship and the competitors facing the Italian Championship Raid TT. For the Sardegna Rally is a Stage characterized by an unusual configuration, and it should be noted that it’s tougher!
The contestants will reach the Checkpoint before the Special Stage on board of their assistance vehicle. After the "drop off ", they will continue riding their bikes up to the Assistance Point. The Special Stage will have a 40 % of innovative path, and will cross the Muggianeddu forest yard, San Sebastiano, Uatzo, then will return in the state area of Tonara and end up in Pranu, near Sorgono. A very hard and tiring special stage that requires expert navigation, with frequent changes of terrain and direction. Also in this case riders will pass from the crests of the mountains to the groomed trails in the middle of the dense vegetation of the valley, from fjords to more technical passages.
At the end of the Special Stage a transfer begins on asphalt in the direction of Atzara, Samugheo, Allai, culminating in the Grighine area, where riders will carry out the “service” just before the entrance in the second Special Stage. Much of the second special stage is plotted on Mount Grighine and a portion of the plateau of Saint Lucia. The final stage is located on the Monte Arci and the end of the selective sector is positioned near to Tiria.
The Special Stage is navigated, but also very nice to ride, and is a veritable anthology of all that Sardinia has to offer in terms of morphology. Fire break paths, mountain ridges, undergrowth, crossings, dirt roads and sliding passages almost "trial” type. In the dossier of the stage nothing is missing.
The final liaison brings them from Tiria to San Leonardo, on a mix of asphalt / gravel roads crossing the Simaxis, Solan, Milis and Bonarcado areas.
|4||Gerard Farrés||GAS GAS||4:06'09|
|3||Gerard Farrés||GAS GAS||+9'52|