Today, the Dakar leaves Peru for Bolivia after five beautiful days in the huge dunes of the Pacific, dunes as desired but that have given a hard time to many drivers and co-drivers. But before leaving this marvelous country with a great hospitality, the competitors were entitled to a last winding and fast special in Peru, before crossing the Bolivian border and running a new special around Lake Titicaca.
Lucio Alvarez appreciated this fast and technical track and the result is clear, he finished 8th in the stage and climbed to 14th overall on arrival in the Bolivian capital. The atmosphere on arrival in La Paz was crazy and the whole city amassed along the course to cheer competitors who passed on the podium in downtown.
Lucio Alvarez / Robert Howie # 318: 8th in the provisional classification of the stage in 3'05 and 14th in the provisional general classification:

"It was a normal day, two beautiful special stages that I really liked because I appreciate dunes but also a fast ground and technical piloting. The first special in Peru was really nice and in the second section, which was taking place in Bolivia, there were huge puddles of water and mud... And I also like mud. So it was a good stage for me."

The Dakar is still long. Tomorrow is the rest day and everyone stays in La Paz. The second week will take place on the field of predilection of Lucio Alvarez, Argentina...

Official press release