The last thing he was going to do is give up fighting, but even himself Barreda he acknowledged that his performance in stage seven with his recent clavicle fracture surprised him. “For me it was a surprise to be able to press today”, He said when leaving his Honda parked at the Al Dawasimi bivouac and signing a huge third place that left him “very happy”: “After feeling all this pain these days ago and thinking sometimes even too much, it was the confirmation that I can drive. I have a lot of pain, especially in areas with rocks, there My arms got stiff and I could barely move well on the bike. “

“I have a different driving position and I have to make a lot of effort,” acknowledges the Castell√≥n who, despite the pain, did not get infiltrated. He survives based on physio sessions and feeling “better on the fast tracks” like those after the dunes: “There I recovered the sensations a little and I have realized that the more strength and more concentrated I was, the more secure felt with the clavicle. So I tried to grit my teeth and get the best time until the end of the special. “

Despite his result and getting fully into the category fight (he is seventh at 8:33), he does not want to look beyond the next day: “I will go day by day, trying to avoid any fall, that is the most important thing. It will be really tough stages this week and I have to stay focused and try to find the best sailing spots and do a good job. We will see, we have five days ahead of us and we will try to do our best. “For now, what he did on Sunday already has a lot of merit.

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