It has been a very hard Dakar this year, with long stages that reminded me of the Dakar in Africa… Also this shows in the result, there are big time gaps between the top riders.
My hopes for a Dakar win goes to Marc Coma, he has shown that when it is a tough Dakar he can play it well. Also he is a rider who does this because he just loves the sport.
Another hero of mine is Spanish lady Laia Sanz, who has show that she is a true pro that can ride with technique and navigate well. Go Laia, to a succesful finish within top 20!
In the car category it also shows that old Dakar veterans like Peterhansel and Roma stand close at the end.