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2010 Dakar Rally Stage Seven: The Longest Day, But the Quietest?

The final stage before the halfway rest day on the Dakar Rally saw the longest single stage of the rally, at 600km. Competitors took on sand dunes, salt flats, and a 100km stretch of normal, boring highway as racing was neutralised to go round a natural reserve.   But despite the length of the stage it was arguably the quietest day of the rally. Perhaps drivers and riders simply aimed to make it to the Pacific coast city of Antofagasta for a day off; or they took into account the plight of Luca Manca, now at a hospital in Santiago after yesterday’s horrific accident ended his rally.   The bikes saw overall leader Cyril Despres extend his lead with another stage win, his second of the event. The long stage saw the provisional lead chang...

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