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  1. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 12: Haradh > Qiddiya

    Composure will be a trusted ally on this final stage, where the positions at the top of the classification can still change. The last hundred kilometres will give the navigators just as many headaches as in the previous week. But the finish line is not far! A 20 km special section, with no...
  2. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 11: Shubaytah > Haradh

    Keep your eyes peeled as the day begins with a spectacle that lasts for 80 kilometres: the finest dunes of the country. Over such a distance, the risk of lingering too long on a mound of sand to take in the sights is real. The competitors will then follow in the footsteps of the first black gold...
  3. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 10: Haradh > Shubaytah

    The marathon stage demands the ultimate quality in rally racing: endurance. The special in the first part sends the drivers and crews out into the vast off-road expanses of the Empty Quarter. It’s not a place where you should linger, as the route for the last 30 kilometres goes right through the...
  4. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 9: Wadi Al Dawasir > Haradh

    With this long stage, the Dakar prepares to enter the “Empty Quarter”. The main factor will be driving precision, this time with mainly hard ground and a number of rough portions for those who are not careful enough. On reaching Haradh, built around oil and agriculture, the rally enters a new...
  5. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 8: Wadi Al Dawasir > Wadi Al Dawasir

    The day’s loop is an opportunity to head south, where the competitors will find mountain landscapes, canyons and surprising colour contrasts: black stones on white sand, for example… Pure speed freaks will get what they want with a 40 km straight line, foot to the floor, while the few dune...
  6. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 7: Riyadh > Wadi Al Dawasir

    The resumption will be the opposite of a rest day… the longest stage in the Dakar and also one of the most varied. Dunes are scattered along the entire route and the drivers will have to cross small dune fields of a few kilometres. Between these climbing portions, off-road alternates with...
  7. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Rest Day: Riyadh

    The sprawling orchards that gave the city its name («gardens» in Arabic) in the 18th century have mostly given way to an urban area extending over more than 1,500 km2 (versus 105 km2 for Paris and 203 km2 for Buenos Aires) and home to over six million people. The demographic growth of the...
  8. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 6: Ha'il > Riyadh

    The change of scenery is dramatic. This time, the special stage is 100% sand, entirely off-road. After a relatively fast first section, obstacle experts will have the advantage in the dunes. Drivers having previously honed their skills in the Sahara Desert will certainly have the upper hand...
  9. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 5: Al-`Ula > Ha'il

    In the sandy surroundings of the day, humongous rocks will serve as landmarks to avoid costly navigation mistakes! Less technical but just as impressive as dunes, gigantic sandy hills stand to attention in front of the drivers. The descents, occasionally scattered with desert grass, will require...
  10. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 4: Neom > Al-`Ula

    On the agenda this day you will find equal parts sandy stretches and gravel sections, mostly on tracks. However, do not confuse speed with precipitation, as the arduous navigation will require some clear choices. History buffs will be keen to get their cameras out as they pass close to Nabatean...
  11. MiguelB

    ★ Dakar 2020 - Stage 3: Neom > Neom

    The circuit from the future megacity of Neom is a real gem. Taking competitors to the border with Jordan, the rally offers a series of canyons and mountains to explore on a carpet of sand. During this special stage, the Dakar will reach its highest point, at an altitude of 1,400 metres...
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