Arrival, supporters… but a vanished dream

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On the podium. Standing on the dead bike! The bike broke totally only a few kilometers from finish… it had to be towed to the finish arena and pushed up on the podium.




Race Director Etienne Lavigne:
“Merde! Une moto morte! Holy shit! A dead bike!!!”


“… uuuhm, hmmm… whisper, whisper… “

VIDEOS:
Short interview after finish (new window)
Annie on the podium – with dead bike (new window)

Iréne Crona from the swedish embassy meeting up with flowers!
The arrival was more spectacular than glorious … but isn’t that a halo shining around a saint’s head😉

Lots of supportive fans surrounding – greeting, comforting, asking for autographs, giving small presents.

But no prize – the dream of winning the Ladies class turned into dust, literally, and sank deep in the mud.

A fan, Oviedo, gave me a nice “prize”: the Argentinian flag and a photo from the rally start.😀

SVENSKA
På podiet. Stående på en död motorcykel. Hojen brakade ihop totalt bara några kilometer från mål … och måste bogseras till avslutningen på arenan, och knuffas upp på podiet. I videon syns lite.

Iréne Crona från svenska ambassaden mötte upp med blommor!
Ankomsten var mer spektakulär än lysande … men är det inte en helgongloria som lyser kring huvudet?

Mängder av stöttande fans samlades runt om – hälsade, tröstade, bad om autografer, gav små presenter.
Men  det blev inget pris – drömmen att vinna Damklassen förvandlades till stoft, bokstavligen, och sjönk djupt i lera.
En beundrare, Oviedo, gav mig ett fint “pris”: argentinska flaggan och ett foto från rallyts sart.

One thought on “Arrival, supporters… but a vanished dream

    Jose Oviedo said:
    2011/01/24 at 01:53

    Hi Annie, I’m Jose Oviedo, the fan who gave you the flag of Argentina and photography, you deserve an award for your courage in the difficult second week in Dakar. Again probably give you a flag of Argentina in the Dakar 2012🙂 ¡¡¡ thank you very much ¡¡¡

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