Carlos Sainz one day closer to glory
Sainz and Walkner consolidate leads while Price attacks and wins a first stage.
After Tuesday’s unforgiving stage a number of broken riders and drivers turned up to the start line of the 280km ‘Super Fiambalá’ special from Belén to Chilecito.
The stage proved largely uneventful for many of the leading contenders in the car category but plenty of drama unfolded elsewhere.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is the second marathon stage. With tiring bodies, the bike riders have to tackle a 375km special stage with the car drivers enduring 523km on the way to San Juan.
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Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke held off a trio of charging Team Peugeot Total cars to win his second stage of the race in the Toyota.
Cyril Despres safely brought home title contenders Carlos Sainz and Stéphane Peterhansel with Nasser Al-Attiyah finishing one minute further back.
Sainz, who still tops the overall standings by 50 minutes, said: “It was demanding and difficult. I have lost two rallies on this stage and had many problems, in 2009 I was leading and finished in a hole so I was happy to finish.”