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DAKAR 2019. STAGE 1 LIMA - PISCO

Dakar 2019. Stage 1 Lima - Pisco

The first special of this Dakar was won by a rampant Joan Barreda in Adrenarena de Paracas, near Pisco.

Day one, en route from the Peruvian capital Lima to the bivouac located around the city of Pisco, consisted of a total of 332 kilometres of stage, with only 84 km against the clock was enough to set up the first official race leader board of the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally.

80% of the route took place in the dunes, on a stage which covered some dried up river beds that were navigationally more demanding.

Nevertheless, our talent Joan Barreda was able to overcome the hazards successfully.

Temperature soared as the sun beat down onto the dunes of Adrenarena, yet despite this, Joan Barreda was scorching too clocking up a great time of 57’36” to win the stage and become the provisional race leader.

Tomorrow will be one of the most unique stages of this Dakar 2019, as Joan Barreda will not be the first to open the race.

That job will go to the cars who will start out before. When the bikes get their turn, they can look forward to a heavily churned up and rutted route after the passage of more than one hundred four-wheeled vehicles.

After departing in Pisco, riders will head to the next bivouac in San Juan de Marcona after battling out the largest part of the stage in the dunes of Ica on a ride with a total of 554 kilometres including 342 special timed.

 

Joan Barreda 

"I'm very happy to start like this.

Today was a short stage but where everyone went very fast. Without making mistakes I managed to push for the whole of the special. In the beginning it's always a bit difficult to pick up the rhythm, but from kilometre 20 I started to improve and I was able to maintain a good rhythm during the whole stage with very good results.

Now it's time to think about the long stages where the way of preparing them changes.

Tomorrow we will have to stay focused, since the pace will also be high and there is more chance of getting lost."

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