With Monday's stage seven being one of the most demanding of this year's Dakar, Adrien Van Beveren made full use of his acute navigational skills in the dunes of Peru. The first rider to find the right tracks in one of the most crucial sections of the special stage, Adrien gained time to his rivals. Earning a strong fourth place result for the day, he added yet another top five stage performance to his 2019 Dakar Rally campaign.
Catching up with the leading group inside the special stage, Xavier de Soultrait earned a seventh-place result on today's stage seven. Picking up a small one-minute penalty for exceeding the limit in a 30 km/h speed zone, Xavier is now 10th in the provisional overall standings. The Frenchman now his eyes set on moving higher up in the overall rankings during the remaining three days of the Dakar.
Tuesday's stage eight will feature a mass start, with the highest placed motorcycle, car and truck racers starting together. With Adrien in the first wave of riders to start the 360km timed special, Xavier will look to take advantage of his starting position from the second wave. The stage will lead competitors to the penultimate bivouac in Pisco.