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Dakar 2015: Joan Barreda clinches stage 2

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By Euronews
Dakar 2015: Joan Barreda clinches stage 2

Spain’s Joan Barreda overcame a nervous start to clinch the second stage of this year’s Dakar Rally, which is divided into 13 stages, crossing Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, with separate categories for motorbikes, quads, cars and trucks.

The Honda rider struggled to find the right track before stepping it up a gear, eventually completing the 518km trek from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan in an impressive time of 5 hours, 46 minutes and 6 seconds.

Portugal’s Paulo Gonçalves was 6 seconds behind while fellow countryman Ruben Faria had to settle for third place.

In the car category, Nasser Al Attiyah outclassed Giniel de Villiers of South Africa to secure the win, opening up a lead of more than eight minutes going into day 3.