Loeb's big move!

Loeb’s big move!

The gamble attempted during the fifth stage was profitable for Sébastien Loeb, winner of the marathon stage and returned to third place overall, although still almost half an hour behind Carlos Sainz.

Sébastien Loeb did not make a “big mistake” as he feared in a smile at the arrival of the 5e stage. His choice to miss a checkpoint on Wednesday in order to lose a quarter of an hour and leave after all his main opponents ultimately proved to be a winning one. The Alsatian indeed won the 6e stage contested over two days in the dunes of Saudi Arabia.

Problem for the former world champion, he took only two meager minutes from Carlos Sainz and is almost half an hour behind the Spanish driver in the general classification. The Frenchman is nonetheless a good close-up since ninth, Thursday, before the start of the “48 hours flat” stage, he now appears in third place, less than ten minutes behind the Swede Mattias Ekström.

But if Sébastien Loeb has made such a rise in the rankings, it is also due to the massacre game that constituted this 6e stage. No less than three of the most serious contenders for final victory had to abdicate. After the Saudi Yazeed Al Rahji, leader of the event, and Stéphane Peterhansel, on Thursday, it was Nasser Al-Attiyah who saw his dreams of a sixth coronation disappear. The fault is a mechanical breakdown.

Winner of his second stage on this Dakar, Sébastien Loeb now has 25 successes in the event and thus equals Hiroshi Masuoka, sixth most victorious driver.

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