Today's 11th stage was the first leg of the second marathon stage at this year‰Ûªs Dakar Rally. The Super FiambalÌÁ as it has come to be known was a 280km special through the Argentinian dunes with scorching temperatures reaching over 40 degrees. Similar to yesterday‰Ûªs stage, navigation was massively important as was the ability to conserve machinery as no mechanical help could be provided at the bivouac.
Toby Price was one of those riders who lost their way on yesterday‰Ûªs stage 10. Riding hard to make up time on today‰Ûªs stage, the Red Bull KTM Racing rider led the special from start to finish. This dominant performance moves the 2016 Champion up to third in the provisional standings, albeit close to 40-minutes down on the leader, team-mate Matthias Walkner.
"Yesterday was... I've never felt so bad in my life," Price reflected at the end of today's stage, "Today we just needed to try and see if we could claw back a little bit of time, and I think we've done that a little bit, but it's gonna be tough from back where we are. It's good to get a stage win. In the first week I was quite conservative, but now I attached some more, it's good to get a stage win because I hadn't done that this year so far. To be still in the race going towards the finish line is a pretty big achievement for me. My goal is just trying to stay on two wheels, not making a day like yesterday and seeing what that gives us at the finish line."