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Transorientale: Monterde and Stacey in the Lead of the Rally.






Everybody knew this was going to be hard day. It was a really difficult day. The 5th Stage from Mrakovo to Bogotse is situated on the mounts of the Ural, mythical gateway between Europe and Asia. This is one of the favourite of René with at the beginning of stage, in mid-mountain with many fords to cross to finish by a track following a pipe line through a true landscape of steppes. On the paper, the deal sounds magic. But live conditions are totally different. Since the recent rains returned the stage very slippery with narrow passages and many banking. Yes, this was a really difficult special stage since the average of the winner was less than 54 kph. Of quagmires in ford, the competitors lived a really hard stage.

A big surprise among the bikers. Alexseï Kolomytsyn created the surprise in winning the stage ahead of all pretenders of the category. The Russian allows itself the luxury of "to stick" more than 8 minutes to Ullevalseter and 10 to Kratinak. The fact to leave in last was an advantage for the Russian. Kolomytsyn took advantages from the tracks left by his opponents as well as of pneumatic choice that did the difference. Yesterday, he finished 45th. What a change!

Car category, the day unfortunately was marked by the accident of which was victim the Chinese Xu Lang (Team Dessoude Zhengzhou Nissan). At Km 73, 28, several competitors were trapped in mud. Everyone helped each other to drag him from this trap. The girth tow of the assistance of his car comes to yield and hits with full force the face of the Chinese pilot who has just taken of his helmet because of the heat. Badly injured, Xu Lang was evacuated very quickly by the medical team of the organization in helicopter on the hospital of Orenburg. The diagnosis of the medical body remains reserved.

Winner of the day is Gibon-Gibon family ahead of Saukans, yesterday’s winner and Monterde, with Jean-Marie Lurquin. German Matthias Kahle lost precious minutes in one climbed hill before going out some with the assistance of branches of trees. François Delecour remained "trapped" and finishes at more than two hours. I told you: Very hard, this fifth special stage for the men and the mechanics!

The fight is still open in the category Truck. Stacey (MAN) wins ahead of Russian Chagin (Kamaz) and Dutch De Rooy, the habitual trio of the podium since the beginning of the Transorientale 2008. To the coming from the 4th step of the category Raid Regularity, the MAN of the team Marty's Team takes the lead in front of his compatriot Dutch Team Dakar (Nissan) and the Toyota of the Team Dessoude.

2008/06/17 | 12:17 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Transorientale






















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