Nasser Al-Attiyah won the eleventh stage of the Dakar, thus achieving his sixth stage victory in this edition if his victory is included in the prologue of the event. However, the Qatari has fallen far short of the goal and his offensive to hunt down Stéphane Peterhansel has failed. In fact, Al-Attiyah has barely cut 1 minute and 56 seconds from the MINI X-Raid driver, so the Frenchman has everything in hand to conquer his 14th ‘Touareg’. For its part, Carlos Sainz finished third on today’s stage.
The eleventh stage, penultimate of the rally, it was all or nothing for Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel. The former needed a real heroism to cut the 17 minutes that separated him from Stéphane, while the latter only needed to avoid problems. And in this duel of conflicting goals, Stéphane Peterhansel has managed to limit damage and lose 1 minute and 56 seconds with Al-Attiyah. While the Qatari has conquered the stage victory, the Frenchman has taken the almost definitive step towards a new ‘Touareg’. For its part, Carlos Sainz was third after having a small navigation error before kilometer 215.
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