Laia Sanz in the Andes for tourism

laiaetapa6After the suspension of the sixth stage, which was supposed to take place between Fiambalá and Copiapó, due to the excess of snow on the summits and the poor condition of the terrain, Laia Sanz and Marc Guasch have covered the neutralized route, as have the rest of the participants.

It was a different day for everyone, without the physical demands of the race, but without the peace of mind of a rest day. Undoubtedly, this forced break has gone very well for the reigning women’s champion of the Dakar, who has had one more day to recover the hand that was injured in the fourth stage of the rally.
“What is clear is that one more day of rest will not have gone badly for his hand. I have it a little bit better and I think it won’t be a problem for the rest of the race,”
he explains.

Relaxed and relaxed, the Gas Gas pilots took advantage of the route to take pictures with the landscape in the background at an altitude of more than 4,000 metres. “Today we looked like tourists; We stopped to see the landscape and took pictures. After five pretty hard days, it’s not bad to have a little break. I’d be happier if I hadn’t taken the penalty in the third stage and if I hadn’t drilled the tank in the fourth, but that can’t be changed anymore.”.

As for the weather conditions, the Spaniard has not seen anything extraordinary in her path: “When we reached the mountain range it didn’t seem to be as snowy and icy as we imagined, but it is very possible that early in the morning, it was dangerous. I don’t know because I haven’t seen what the terrain is like for the special.”

Tomorrow the race will resume with the dreaded Copiapó – Copiapó loop, of 444 timed kilometers, and which will precede the rest stage. Laia Sanz will start in 55th place overall and Marc Guasch, from 57th

Source: KH7 Engine

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