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2010 Dakar Stage Four: Gordon Takes Silent Victory, Coma’s Comeback

The fourth day of racing on the Dakar Rally had a distinct "the morning after the night before feel," with many competitors, especially the privateer riders and drivers, still recovering from the torturous stage three that saw heat and sand dunes combine, slowing many to a crawl.   That forced the organisers to both delay (by 90 minutes) and shorten (by 40km) today’s fourth stage, cutting it short at the mark originally intended to be the third checkpoint at 163km.   The resulting stage took the top bikers under two hours (not that you begrudge them an early finish seeing as it took some seven hours to clear yesterday’s challenge, and that’s without taking into account the links between stage and campsite!), as reigning champion Mar...

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