Rally Adventure Galicia 2024: Joan Pedrero takes the lead in the first stage.

Dakar veteran Joan Pedrero clinches this first stage of the Rally Adventure Galicia, marked by extremely harsh weather conditions.

At 8 in the morning, the first rider set off, and minute by minute the rest followed suit, to face a liaison under the incessant rain that was forecasted for the tone of this first day. Hail also made its appearance accompanied by sharp drops in temperature, adding significant difficulty to the over 200 km of roadbook that the riders would have to decipher on rocky and flooded terrain in countless sections.

Joan Pedrero finished the special stage in 3 hours and 54 minutes to claim his first stage victory. French rider Jagu Julien would be the second to reach the finish line with a gap of just 1 minute and 48 seconds, followed by Guillem Martínez at 10 minutes and 50 seconds, and Javi Vega at 1 minute and 11 seconds behind his predecessor.

Mario Lahoz, who won the prologue yesterday, lost up to 31 minutes compared to Joan Pedrero today after suffering an incident that forced him to make repairs to his bike to continue in the race. Thus, the general classification is led by the same riders, with Pedrero in first position, followed by Jagu Julien at 1 minute and 48 seconds, and Guillén Martínez at 10 minutes and 50 seconds behind the leader.

Joan Pedrero: "It's been truly crazy. We, who are used to dry weather, come here and it's pouring rain. It's been a very tough stage psychologically. You're constantly worried about nothing happening... because of the mud and its different textures, and spending a lot of time opening the track. At km 20, I caught up with Jagu, who stuck with us for the rest of the stage, and we alternated leading the way. At km 50, we caught up with Edu Iglesias, and he also joined us until the end. I'm very happy because I'm back on the small bike and I have very good feelings. We've been fast and made very few mistakes. Tomorrow we open the track."

Jagu Julien: "The day went well for me. I'm coming off a serious crash in the 2023 Rally of Morocco and I've only been training on the bike for about three weeks, so today went very well, but the weather wasn't so good because of the rain. The roadbook was really good, and I took a lot of pleasure on my bike. I hope to continue like this for the rest of the week and see if results come."

All classifications at: https://anubesport.com/timing/?rallyId=137

Source: Pablo Pillado. Photos: Ingine Creators.