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January 11th, 2010, 06:13 AM   #21
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teomolca @ Jan 10 2010, 06:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Peterhansel wins again, Sainz comes in second and increases his lead a little, he now leads by 14 min over Al-Attiyah with Miller in 3rd 22min min behind.

<span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%Coma continues to say he's inocent and bla bla but nothing has changed in terms of evidence, the 6 hour penalty stands.
what an idiot! did he think he would actually get away with that!........... incredible!
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Al-Attiyah won today's stage and closes in on Sainz's lead who came in 2nd 5 min behind. Miller lost more time, now almost half an hour away from Sainz. Looks like Sainz vs Al-Attiyah showdown for the overall win.

On bikes Coma won the stage, closely followed by Despres who leads the standings comfortably.
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Coma has won what, two or three Dakar races?
Getting caught does make a person wonder: Is this the first/only time he's cheated? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

Way to shoot yourself in the ass! I wonder how this will affect future sponsor deals, etc.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Geonerd @ Jan 11 2010, 07:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Coma has won what, two or three Dakar races?

two. 2006 and 2009.


as stupid as it sounds - he broke my heart.
that's it I'm done with pros. I don't care which KTM or VW wins.



here, this guy wrote exactly what I think Dakar is/was all about.
copy/paste from adventureriderdude.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 10, 2010
The Dakar Rallye - the best and worst
I love the Dakar. I have for 25 years. It's fascinating beyond words to me as it's an amazing mix of human endurance, navigation, technology, machinery, preparation, luck, scenery, and adventure all interwoven into this colorful and dramatic race every January. I love it.



As we start the second half of this year's Dakar, a 5,500 mile race through Argentina and Chile, I realize that this year has been especially dramatic. Between crashes, incredibly difficult stages in 125 degree heat, rain, rocks, dunes etc., there are many stories. Just today, Annie Seel one of the female competitors, went into a hole or tomb of sorts. She managed to keep her body out of it, but her bike fell roughly 30 feet into a 6X8 hole. One might ask, "how does this even happen?" But in the Dakar, it just does.
A helicopter lifted the bike out of the hole and amazingly, Annie continued. One of many stories for this day in this two and a half week long event.



But I think we've also seen the best and worst of this event over the past week. The best has been seeing competitors help one another, like Luca Manca giving Marc Coma his wheel. It has been the stories of the amazing Christina Meier, motivating another exhausted competitor to not give up, then together finishing the stage. In an earlier stage, Christina had borrowed a horse from a local, when her bike broke. She rode to the end to talk to her mechanic, and then rode the horse back to her bike and fixed it. The best stories have been about people who spent 18 hours on a bike and arrived at the end of the stage at 4 am, having shown incredible heart and will to go on. One guy, Roman Krejci #118 is the essence of what the Dakar is all about. He has no mechanic and no support. He not only rides each grueling day, he then rolls in and does all the maintenance himself! He is literally squeezing 40 hours of work into each 24 hour day. All the while keeping his head on straight and going out again the next day to deliver another incredible performance. Currently, he is 51st overall.



Astounding, and it's stories like these which make me love this race.

But the top pros are an embarrassment. Marc Coma and Cyril Dupres, both previous winners, make me sad about the Dakar. Yesterday there was drama because Dupres noticed Coma had a fresh rear tire and shouldn't have. An investigation was done and ultimately Coma was penalized 6 hours for an illegal wheel change, eliminating him as a contender to win. It was a bad move by Coma, and even though those in the know say "everyone cheats on all the big teams, he just got caught," I think it's sad. Days earlier, Luca Manca stopped and gave a wheel to Coma to help him. The next day, when Manca was making up time he lost, he crashed horribly. With a fractured skull, he is still unconscious. Then, after receiving assistance with such a price, Coma decided to cheat? Bad. Apparently, he's now upset with Dupres and there has been some public bickering. It's bad enough to get the attention of KTM, whose bikes they ride, and KTM had to threaten to take the bikes away if they didn't stop. Humiliating for both of them and quite honestly, an embarrassment for the sport. Competition is one thing, but at that level, so is professionalism.

So this Dakar has had it's drama, like they all do. But this year, I've noticed a separation from drama associated with human spirit, drive and will (which is what we normally see in a Dakar) to drama over egos, ethics and what ultimately comes down to money and business.
The Dakar is the most difficult race on the planet, and by some margin. It pushes man and machine beyond known limits and into areas of one's soul they never knew existed. No one disputes that. But I hope the second half the 2010 Dakar leaves us all thinking about that element of the race versus some of the childish behavior we saw last week. Drama sells, so even the childish drama will be good for the Dakar as a business. But for the purists who believe this race is one of the last places on earth where man can truly test the limits of his will to endure, we need the drama of the adventure to rise to the top.
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I think since the manufacturers involved themselves in the Dakar, there's been 2 clearly cut out categories, Pros and amateurs. The first is about bussiness the 2nd about adventure. I also applaud all those amateur riders who are the backbone of the Dakar but I think the Pros are no better and no worse than the rest of Pro sports, so the fact that Coma (seems to have) cheated doesn't change the fact that it's a great race and they are great riders and I enjoy to watch it, so it's not dead to me.

10th stage.

Sainz wins in cars, pulls a couple of minutes ahead of Al-Attiyah (gap now 10 min). Peterhansel came in 2nd, Miller 3rd, Al-Attiyah 4th. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]

Coma won in bikes another stage, Despres kept on cruising, came in 6th, still 1 hour ahead of 2nd. The fight for 2nd seems quite interesting though with 3 riders within 2 minutes (Pals Ullevalseter NOR, Chaleco Lopez CHI and Rodrigues POR).

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Cool Dakar gallery
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (frosty58 @ Jan 11 2010, 07:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>what an idiot! did he think he would actually get away with that!........... incredible!
Perhaps he can blame it on a technician, it worked for Rossi when that white line suddenly disappeared. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

Al-Attiyah has an unfair advantage being from Qatar. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]

All kidding aside, I hope a speedy recovery to Luca.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Jan 12 2010, 04:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Perhaps he can blame it on a technician, it worked for Rossi when that white line suddenly disappeared. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

Now, now... don't tease the Boppers. You <u>promised</u> to be nice!
Remember, Santa a is watching. (Not that you have a snowball's chance in making it 'till next christmas! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img] )

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE <div class='quotemain'>Al-Attiyah has an unfair advantage being from Qatar. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]

[img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img]

Dude, you DO realize that the race is taking place in South America this year?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Geonerd @ Jan 12 2010, 04:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Dude, you DO realize that the race is taking place in South America this year?

They don't have a desert in S. America?


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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Jan 13 2010, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>They don't have a desert in S. America?


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You feeling OK lately, Bro?
You've been sorta... well... subdued lately.
You're nice to Boppers, no multi-page rants, one line replies.

Hope all is well. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
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