Loeb's big stupidity!

Loeb’s big stupidity!

Sébastien Loeb’s poker move during the fifth stage of the Dakar did not fail to get people talking at the finish.

The Dakar will experience a decisive moment. These next two days will see the drivers compete during a 48-hour marathon stage with no less than 781 km on the menu, including 572 special stages. This Thursday, the clock will stop at 4 p.m. and will not resume until the next day, where everyone left off, the participants being free to sleep under the stars.

This “48 hour” stage is the big event of this Dakar 2024 and the drivers have carefully prepared for it. Even if it means sacrificing the 5e stage contested this Wednesday, many participants taking their foot off so as not to have to open the road for the next two days. Sébastien Loeb went even further by deliberately missing a mandatory crossing point in order to receive a penalty at the finish. “Our first idea was to hide behind a dune and watch our friends go by. Then I thought of this way-point story, explained the former king of the WRC upon arrival.

Maybe it’s bullshit

But this strategy was not to everyone’s taste. This is evidenced by the reaction of Yazeed Al-Rajhi, the leader of the race. “I don’t understand their strategy. They made a big mistake,” he confided in comments relayed by L’Equipe, Mathieu Baumel, co-pilot of Nasser Al-Attiyah being just as doubtful: “I don’t think Seb can give everyone 40 minutes. But maybe I’m wrong.”

In the general classification, Sébastien Loeb is now in 9th place.e place, 43 minutes from the leader. A gap that appears significant. Enough to make the first person concerned doubt. “If I’m the only one who did this tactic, maybe it’s bullshit, he whispered. Either the strategy pays off, I take back 35 minutes from them in the next two days and I stick to the general, or it doesn’t work and we have it in the ass… No one has ever tried that. »

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