Carlos Sainz's

fourth Dakar

will not arrive in 2021. After a rally marked by his navigation errors, the reigning champion could not overcome in the marathon stages and this Tuesday several mechanical problems left him without the possibility of celebrating another title.

With only three days to go, Sainz reached the finish line with 22 minutes lost with the leader, the eternal

Stephane Peterhansel

, and his deficit grew to exceed one hour.

Quite possibly the Frenchman will take his fourteenth Dakar, eighth in the car category, and if a misfortune befalls him, Qatari

Nasser Al Attiyah

continues to lurk


This Tuesday, Sainz started the attack on a more linear, faster route, ideal for his riding, far from the labyrinthine roadboak of the first week, but just at the beginning, a shock.

Before reaching kilometer 100 of a 465 kilometer special from Neom to Neom, in Saudi Arabia, a puncture delayed him, another later hindered him again and already far from the first, almost at the end of the stage, a problem with the braking system knocked him out permanently.

It was his blackest day on the Dakar, where he will also be proud to be on the podium for the fifth time - he finished third in 2011 - as he has more than two hours ahead of fourth-placed

Khalid Al Qassimi

, from Abu Dhabi .

In the motorcycle category, the scenario was drawn in a very similar way: the leader, the Chilean

José Ignacio Cornejo

, did not make any mistakes and extended his advantage over the second,

Kevin Benavides

, and over the fifth,

Joan Barreda

, who already victory is very difficult.

The half hour of more that Barreda drags seems irrecoverable at this point, although on two wheels the changes are more common.

Also Spanish

Lorenzo Santolino

stood out

on the day

, who was placed among the top 10 in his third participation in the raid.

In the two previous appointments, he had to leave due to accidents.

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