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Sardegna Rally Race: French Cyril Despres win first stage

Cyril Despres has completed the first leg of the Sardinia Rally Race, between San Teodoro and Cardedu of 360 kilometers, as well as in the rally of a year ago: As a "Dominator". The French, who has a debt of gratitude to Sardinia, returned to writing with the wheels of his KTM official the novel of a new edition of a beautiful race. He won the first special stage in front of the Champion of the Dakar, Marc Coma, with its unmistakable style guide: little vehemence and absolute precision in its execution. A "show" very pleased, to the point that Despres was keen to give a second special, even "damaging" Marc Coma.

With three victories on three tests, the "Holder" is also the leader of the rally, of course. Spanish Marc Coma, second, is less than a minute of posting from the French, and third was installed today the Italian Andrea Mancini, that still opens the perspective of an interesting "comparison" between the "Africans" Rallies and the original Sardinia Rally Race.

Large areas of the Black Continent, in fact, require great attention to navigation over long distances, while the Italian Rally, as well as being very technical, has a navigation "nervous", made up of notes of the road book coming at high rate. The Italians, therefore, accustomed to an excellent Italian Championship, are more accustomed to these rhythms, but it is also true that the class of the "bigs", for now, seems to be enough to fix the matter.

The Sardinia Rally Race wqas interrupted today in an original hitch. A farmer has crossed the track to competitors in the transfer between the two special tests, indicating as a reason the fact that his cows are in the spawning period. Soon after, however, he asked two hundred euros to each pilot who had wanted to go. The organizers came in shelters, "grafting" on a route by-pass that led to a little postponement of the time of the time table.

Tomorrow, May 30, the second leg of the Rally, the "coast to coast" that will link the eastern beach of Cardedu with the Western one of Arborea. Still about 350 kilometers, two special tests. In the meanwhile it is already playing the duel between the two best specialists in the world, Cyril Despres and Marc Coma.

2009/05/29 | 20:46 CET | Editor: MR/HS/BikeVillage

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