It's funny how things develop.
There will be exceptions as we have seen, but in essence those guys who are not elite and have taken out a second mortgage amongst other things should perhaps (Dakar aside) be allowed to continue, that is if they can and want to after a dnf - they are equally tough, as a lot of them often experience those on 4 wheels up their ASS for parts of the rally
Elite riders with well funded teams are probably a very different issue - possibly Helder could have won a stage after his dnf, but held err back?
Safety and risk will always be issues and need to be managed carefully, any elite
rider put back into the pond is going to be quick, but it shouldn't be at risk to him or others, or should he be able to take stage glory when he is allready effectively out of the race - or should he?
Even take Sam in last years Dakar (which we agree should keep the one strike rule) - we all know the costs of getting there and an electrical issue which started on the liaison on day 2 forced him out - very very cruel and expensive, not to mention the physcological hit
- and that was only for his cheer leaders
But that's the spirit of the Dakar - it wouldn't be the toughest motorsport race on the planet otherwise