Originally Posted by larryboy
A majority of the cars and bikes that got into trouble with the water had gotten lost earlier, if they had navigated properly the flooding wouldn't have been a factor for most and they could have matched the remaining guys to say a 60th place time...not 4th...gimme a break.
But if you give all the non-finishers a slow time then what about the possible person who started way down but was on pace to do an excellent stage? Or if you just throw out the whole stage then what about the people who beat their cars/bikes up to actually finish? There's no way to be fair to everyone. Tough calls like this have to be made sometimes in the dakar, and there will always be someone who gets the short end of the stick.
I suppose you could say that the officials should never change the stages like this, but then you'd have to be prepared for the possibility of years with zero finishers. I doubt sponsors would stay in a race like that.
Anyway, time to move on and enjoy the rest of the race.