Joan Barreda obtained his third stage victory this year following a time penalty received by Michael Metge, but this change in the situation still leaves Sam Sunderland untroubled and more than ever leader of the bike category.
- Barreda won stage 10 based on teammate Metge’s penalty
- Sunderland maintains the overall lead comfortably
- Sunderland’s nearest rival Quintanilla retires
- Farres is now third overall
- Caimi best rookie in 9th
- Laia Sanz 18th overall
- The timed special was 449km
With 449 km of special stage between Chilecito and San Juan as well as only two stages to make the difference in the general standings, the tension ramped up another notch on stage 10. The trial-like start to the stage really tested the physical capabilities of the competitors, at least as much as the hot weather, which made its return to the race after the cool temperatures at higher altitude.
The end of the day was marked by much quicker tracks, but just as tricky navigation, which led to dramatic turns of events in the general standings.
On his fourth Dakar, and after having demonstrated some fine moments since the start in Asunción, Michael Metge thought he had picked up his first stage victory, by a whisker in front of his team leader Joan Barreda.
However, in the end, the stage victory finally went to the Spaniard due to his team-mate missing a way-point and incurring a penalty.
The French duo of Adrien Van Beveren and Xavier de Soultrait suffered big time losses in the general standings.
Franco Caimi is one of the revelations of the Dakar 2017. In his very first participation, the Argentinean has already carded a fifth placed finish on the fifth stage. However, on stage 10 he went one better with fourth position at the finishing line. He’s now top ten in the general standings, despite of a one-hour penalty, without which he would be on the provisional podium.
Pablo Quintanilla was counting on the tenth stage in order to put pressure on Sam Sunderland. Second in the general standings, the Dakar 2017 has so far been the rally which saw his riding mature and the one that may have brought victory for the Chilean.
However, a catastrophic start to the stage during which the Husqvarna rider sought the correct direction for more than an hour, then a heavy fall on the second part of the special put an end to his dreams. Disorientated after a head injury, Quintanilla was finally forced to drop out of the rally for a third time.