The loop around Pisco explored the Ica desert from an entirely new perspective. It started with an 80 km dune sector, followed by a series of coastal dunes separated by the Subida de los Burros ascent and, to cap it all, another sequence of dunes with three fearsome massifs in the final 100 kilometers more than enough to throw sand in the gears of the top riders and drivers, as Adrien Van Beveren, Stéphane Peterhansel and Sébastien Loeb came to know.
“Chaleco” López also consolidated his position ahead of the final S×S stage by finishing third today, 11 minutes behind Reinaldo Varela. It was the Brazilian’s first triumph since the inaugural stage.
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