As an Oscar winning drama the duel in the top is carrying on...Winner of the special was in fact Spaniard Barreda, who was shadowed by the ongoing game. Marc Coma finished second today and leader of the rally, Cyril Despres, passed the finishing line only 2 seconds behind Coma. Still in the lead, but only by as little as 21 seconds in the overall... It does not get more intense!
Moving focus to the northern hemisphere and the vikings. All four of them still in the game, all wanting to reach the finish in Pery badly. Another day of great riding performed by Norwegian Pål Anders Ullevålseter, finishing 7th on the stage. Take notice, this guy is just a regular privateer. No manufacturer team backing him up. Impressive. Captain Thomas Berglund did show some good riding skills on the track and finished 39th. Danish Jes Munk had yet another day of smooth riding pushing him to a 59th in the overall.
Ronnie Bodinger, with a broken rib, had some major pain on the last stretch of yesterday´s stage as the pain killers were losing their magical relief. A good sport and a good fighter he is! Finishing today´s special 82nd in the overall.
Let the viking crusade and effort continue tomorrow as the rally makes history by entering new territory in Peru.
Provisional standings stage 10: Iquique-Arica
Special Stage 377km
1 (2) Cyril Despres (FRA) 09.07.39
7 (6) Pål Anders Ullevålseter (NOR) +01.56.22
39 (29) Thomas Berglund (SWE) +08.43.40
59 (86) Jes Munk (DEN) +12:07:04
82 (107) Ronnie Bodinger (SWE) +19:38:16