Dakar, Sanders and the sandwich strategy: “I wanted to avoid starting stage 4 first”

In first place for a good part of the special, the Australian Gas Gas rider finished stage three in fifth place after a…. snack break, which he made to avoid having to start the next stage first

The third stage of the 2022 Dakar, in which Portuguese rider Joaquim Rodrigues set the fastest time, saw Daniel Sanders starring in a bizarre episode after the final waypoint. The Gas Gas rider, who already won stage one, was lying first when, just a few kilometres from the finish, he stopped to eat a sandwich, in order to waste the necessary time so that he would not finish the special in first place.

Sanders’ strategy was well thought out, as stage four will be one of the longest of this edition, a special spanning 450 kilometres from Al Qaisumah to Riyadh, and the Australian preferred to finish fifth today so as to not

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