Originally Posted by ric678
He'd been waiting for a great day ever since the race started in Lima. And today was it! After starting the longest stage of the rally in 11th place, 24′26″ behind the overall leader, Cyril Despres delivered a virtuoso performance throughout the ninth stage, one which was raced on fast trails which put tyres and brakes to the test. The Frenchman went on the attack at the beginning, dosed his effort to preserve his tyres in the second part and then stepped it up again in the finale, grabbing his first win in the 35th edition, which is also his 31st career win, by 4′03″ over his closest rival, Joan Barreda. Despite an early fall, Husqvarna's Spaniard was the only rider who came close to challenging the Frenchman and finished second, 1′11″ ahead of teammate Botturi.
He wasn't the only one to fall, as the Yamahas can tell you! The overall leader in Tucumán, David Casteu, crashed into a cow when tackling a turn 120 km into the special! He set off with a dislocated shoulder, a leaky tank and the beginning of a nightmare stage for the man from Southern France, as he had to stop yet again 15 km before the end of the stage and saw all hopes of salvaging something in the overall go up in smoke. Olivier Pain's performance won't fill the brand with the tuning forks with glee either! The second-in-command of the Bleus also hit the deck several times today, losing about 32′ and slipping to sixth overall. It wasn't a good day for Chaleco López either, as he also took a tumble and lost over 16 minutes to Despres.
This crazy stage turned the overall on its head, with Cyril Despres' water carrier, Portuguese Ruben Faria, taking the lead 5′23″ ahead of his leader! Things just got much easier for the defending champion! Behind them, Chile's Chaleco López is still in third place, 9′06″ down, after a successful damage limitation exercise.
sorry if it's a repeat