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Countryman Guillaume de Mévius wins his first Dakar stage

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Guillaume de Mévius (OT3) has shown mental toughness after the setbacks of the past few days by winning the second stage. De Mévius, who had to start at the very back, passed each waypoint first and was 4:18 faster than Francisco Lopez Contardo (Can-Am) who takes the lead from Set Quintero (OT3). De Mévius’ teammate broke down after 300 km and had to wait for his assistance.

Jens HeylenSource: BELGIAN

Guillaume de Mévius worked with Tom Colsoul towards his first Dakar participation. He got his first blow when Tom Colsoul tested positive and then had to drop out. With Kellon Walch, he got a new copilot next to him. De Mevius was fourth in the prologue. On Sunday he had bad luck and had to wait for hours for his assistance. It was Dave Berghmans (Iveco), employed by Overdrive Racing, who took De Mévius in tow last night. At 2 a.m. local time, the team began tinkering with his vehicle. With success, because De Mevius won the stage on Monday. The Belgian was in the lead from start to finish and was fastest at every waypoint. Francisco Lopez Contardo (Can-Am) finished second ahead of his teammate Sebastian Eriksson (Can-Am).

Seth Quintero fared less well. The American is the loser of the day. After winning both the prologue and the first stage, he also seemed to be on his way to a stage win on Monday. It went wrong at the end of the stage. After 300 km he had to put his buggy aside and wait for his assistance. Road stage win and road overall win. In the standings, Chilean Francisco Lopez Contardo moves up to first place. He has a 7:22 lead over Sebastian Eriksson. François Beguin, co-pilot of Axel Alletru (BRP), is still on his way.

In the standard SSVs, the victory went to Austin Jones (Can-AM). He was 24 seconds faster than Brazilian Rodrigo Luppi De Oliviera (Can-Am) on arrival. In the standings, Jones takes the lead from Aron Domzala (Can-Am) who lost 40 minutes. Jan De Wit and Serge Bruynkens (Can-Am) are still on their way.

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