From Facebook, apparently Guillaume is also called Guido
Dear friends of Guido, today was the fourth day of the Africa Race and Guido is doing a fantastic job till now. Just a short recap. After the first stage he was an amazing 5th, after the second he was 4th and after the third he was actually leading the race in the motorbike category! As the organisers described it in their press release:
" Discret mais efficace, le pilote KTM prend du coup la tête de l’épreuve " - Discrete but efficient the KTM pilot takes the lead of the race.
It has to be said that Stefano Turchi the Italian KTM driver that was leading the race had a terrible fall and broke three vertebraes and a collarbone and was flewn back to Italy today. But as the french say " le malheur des uns fait le bonheur des autres" and Guido took full advantage of it!
Today New Years Day on the fourth stage from OUED DRAA to WIRAT LARJAM over a total of 451 km he again surprised himself and everybody else and defended his lead succesfully. He rode a smart race, only letting the frenchman Norbert Dubois pass him and finished with 9.21 min. deficit as second. This way increasing his lead over second place in general classification Belgium Martin Fontyn with another 5 min. to 16.16 min.
See belows link to the website of the Sonangol Africa Race with the general classification after today. Cool thing is that you can actually follow Guido via satelitte if you click on the "Tracking GPS" link on the right of the screen. Just type in number 122 and see where he is and how fast he is going.
Tomorrows stage is the last one in Maroc over a total distance of 685 km, with 332 km special stages. After that they have a well deserved rest day and than head into Mauretania. Stay tuned and hope to keep you updated regularly from now on.
Sorry to hear of Stefano's injury, sounds nasty
Now for the bad news, from the tracking it looks like Guido took a wrong turn this morning and is now 5th on the course, behind DUbois, Fontyn and 2 others so he will lose a bit of time today, maybe even the lead, but that could put him in a great position after tomorrow's rest day...