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The rest day always has the ability to cause havoc in the Dakar. Are five days of intense racing, yesterday morning the caravan started back up after two days off. The time off, the calm and the rest has the ability to mess with people’s head. It’s famously been a day when people threw away leads, crashed and ruined big dreams. It was a day that for Sam Sunderland, could’ve been deadly.

However, it wasn’t. Despite leading out he finished third on the day behind Ricky Brabec, who took his first amazing win. The American was pretty pleased with his result, the Honda’s clawed back of a few minutes in the GC to only sit an hour down. On top of that, Sunderland extended his lead over the whole field and now sits some 18 minutes clear.

While it’s still far to early to get excited, there is an incredible opportunity for Sunderland to win.

On the privateer front, yesterday seemed a little gentler. The shortened stage saw all the Brits roll into the bivouac in Uyuni without drama. Enjoy the images and video.

‘Till tomorrow.

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