Known for being one of the easiest days of the Dakar Rally, Stage 14 is all about making sure each competitor finishes and that the fans of Chile get a chance to see their hero’s in action. Stage 14 came complete with a 346km special and a 121km Liaison section accompanied with a shortcourse style atmosphere for a small section of today’s special.
As expected, race leader Stephane Peterhansel wouldn’t push himself or his equipment in Stage 14 with a risk of loosing his over-all lead securing his 11th Dakar Rally victory. Peterhansel would finish today’s stage in 10th position, just 3 minutes behind stage winner and fellow teammate Nani Roma. Orlando Terranova would finish a slim 13 seconds behind Nani Roma and successfully hold off Lucio Alvarez who finished 20 seconds behind Roma. American Robby Gordon used this Stage to display his showmanship to the fans of Chile and wow the crowds with the impressive sights and sounds of the American built V8 Hummer, Gordon would go on to finish the stage in the 6th position.
Similar to the car outcome; bike favorite Cyril Despres would spend his time wisely and cruise to the finish line in the 14th position and secure his 5th Dakar Rally victory in the bike category. Today’s stage victory would go to KTM rider Ruben Faria, while Joan Barreda and Helder Rodriguez. American Johnny Campbell would finish today’s stage in the 18th position while fellow countrymen Kurt Caselli would finish 52nd in today’s stage. Although not within the top ten (where they would like to be) just to be able to finish the Dakar Rally is a huge accomplishment within itself.
The 2013 Dakar Rally has had it’s ups and downs for many competitors, for those who completed the Dakar should consider it a victory and for those who even made it to the starting line should consider themselves very blessed.
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