Sebastien Loeb was forced to pull out of the Dakar Rally after a back injury suffered by his co-driver in a disastrous fifth stage won by defending champion Stephane Peterhansel on Wednesday.
Paraguayan Nelson Sanabria Galeano ended the day third fastest ahead of class leader Ignacio Casale, who now holds a forty-one minute and thirty seconds advantage over Alexis Hernandez heading into the rest day in Bolivia. Barreda Bort is charging ahead and is placed in the fourth position. Nasser Al-Attiyah, the two-time champion who won stages one and three, became stuck in sand three times and fell nearly an hour off the pace.More news: Obama aides return to fight Trump in midterms
Benavides is now 1:57 ahead of fifth-stage leader Adrien van Beveren.
"The idea was to go out and attack, and it went pretty well, but I had a slight mishap with the fuel and I lost some time fixing it", Benavides said. Teammate and Dakar rookie Oriol Mena did considerably better finishing the stage in 23rd place and 21st overall. I tried to push myself hard and did all I could and so I managed to cross a lot of riders. I feel good and for me, the race starts now. Towards the end I had a massive crash because of a rock hidden inside fesh-fesh, but I am okay and the bike is okay so we live to fight another day. Loeb finally led through the fourth and last checkpoint while Peterhansel, whose overall lead wasn't in trouble, stopped to change a tire hanging off the rim. The Chilean did the best he could, running steadily in the timed special before heing foced to stop just a few kilometers before the finish.More news: The Trump Administration Continues To Rail Against Michael Wolff's Book
"Today was a hard day due to rain so I made a decision to take it safe".
"The dunes were really churned up and the sand was incredibly soft". I didn't choose the correct tyre. Brabec's time of 3 hours, 38 minutes and 58 seconds, 19 minutes and 16 seconds behind Barreda, and that was good enough to set him back into 10th overall, 25 minutes and 48 seconds out of the lead.More news: NAACP Calls for 'BLIZZARD' of 'Snowflakes' as Trump Visits Atlanta — SNOW PATROL
The notorious rally spans a healthy portion of January, this year running Jan 6-20, with a rest day in La Paz, Bolivia, for a total of 14 stages and nearly 5,600 miles of race fun. "Now tomorrow we rest and the day after we start the party again", Mena said.