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Dakar 2007: Cyril Despres after the Crash of Marc Coma

Cyril Despres: "During the last 20 kilometres, I started thinking. I couldn’t see the helicopter above me and the people at the side of the road had strange expressions on their faces. I had a bad feeling about it. I’m glad that Marc [Coma] wasn’t too badly hurt. This morning, we were a little worried about the dust from all the competitors who started in front of us.

I’m really relieved for Marc and also for Isidre [Esteve]. As regards my special, I found the right direction after 6 kilometres although the riders in front of me had got a bit lost. It was difficult to navigate, but I’m very satisfied with my special, I enjoyed myself. I’ve always said since Morocco, when I had mechanical problems, that if I didn’t believe in my chances of victory, then I might as well have gone home. But the Daker isn’t finished just yet. There are still two days to go and I could have navigation problems tomorrow."

David Casteu: "Just before I got to CP1 I found Isidre [Esteve], on the ground next to his bike. He asked me what he was doing there, where he was. The bike was damaged and I couldn’t repair it. I took him on my bike to CP1 where I knew there was a doctor. When we got there, I gave some money to one of the locals to go with his pick up to fetch the bike. It gave me so many bad memories of last year. I suppose that Isidre went for all-out attack because he needed to for his race and sponsors. I’m 2nd in the general rankings, but today I’m not thinking about that."

2007/01/19 | 14:22 CET | Editor: MR/Gauloises Racing

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