A welcomed rest day in Tucuman and an even more important opportunity to catch up on the many hours of lost sleep saw, Jordi Vildaoms start his second leg of the 2013 Dakar with a massive 852 kilometers.
If anyone needed the rest day it was the Tamarugal XC rider after his odyssey in the Andes where he was stranded for hours fixing his bike and then having to navigate his way in the dark of night with torrential rain and snow putting him to the test. Viladoms put that all behind him and completed stage 9 in 37th place, 47’32 “behind winner Cyril Despres.
In addition to repairing the electrical problems experienced mechanics also took advantage of the rest day to change the engine, which has placed an extra 15 minute penalty on his overall time. A smart move with the Dakar only at the halfway mark Viladoms the 593 competitive kilometers in a time of 6h 29’08 “.
“It was a very technical stage where I chose not risk a fall, which is exactly what happened to my team-mate Francisco Lopez, whom I stopped to help. I’m still suffering from fatigue with the loss of sleep two days ago, “explained Viladoms after reaching Córdoba.
Having set his sights on a podium finish after his 4th place in 2012 Dakar, Viladoms, although somewhat disappointed still is looking forward to the second half of the Dakar 2013. “I will approach the rest of stages as if nothing has happened. I want to learn and gather information to try again next year. So far I’ve learned a lot from this experience, including myself. By the end there will be many surprises and I’m going to keep very attentive. Despite everything that has happened, I’m confident and motivated to do well this second week of Dakar ” he confessed.
After 9 stages, the hero from Igualada, Spain is placed in 85 th overall, over eight hours off Portugal’s Ruben Faria, new interim leader.