Leaders Peterhansel, Cornejo pull ahead in Dakar Stage 9

Leaders Peterhansel, Cornejo pull ahead in Dakar Stage 9

Dakar Stage 9, a 465km/289-mile loop around the coastal town of Neom, was heaven for photographers but proved to be hell for many of the surviving riders and drivers. The contrast between the bright blue sea and the jagged brown shoreline was striking from an aerial viewpoint, but competitors had no time to enjoy the scenery as rocks in the middle of the special and a jumble of tracks at its end demanded full attention. Navigation played into the hands of bike racer ‘Nacho’ Cornejo (photo at top) who seems to excel when solid strategy trumps pure speed. On today’s …
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