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The New Year of the Dakar

The New Year of the Dakar

For a long time, the San Silvestre sportingly closed the New Years Eve and the jumps of Garmisch-Partenkirchenthe second of four springboardsthey opened the New Year. The ski flights aired the trophy that symbolically announced the calendar change. That has already changed. Now there are other competitions that coexist on the same day, even that go through the two years, which emerge on December 31 and continue on January 1. We have the example of united cupthe mixed team tennis tournament in which Rafael Nadal Y Paula Badosto represent Spain. And also him dakar rallythe toughest motor race in the world, which celebrates its 45th edition, the fourth in arenas of Saudi Arabia.

The Dakar starts on the 31st with a prologue on the banks of the Red Sea and celebrates its first stage on day 1, already with the twelve grapes on its body. From that date we will follow the adventures and misadventures of the Spanish Carlos Sainz, Joan Barreda, Cristina Gutiérrez, Laia Sanz, Gerard Farrés, Isidre Esteve, Lorenzo Santolino, Carlos Checa… and international Nasser Al-Attiyah, Stéphane Peterhansel, Sébastien Loeb, Sam Sunderland, Tobey Price, Kevin Benavides, Giniel de Villiers… Classic names in the most demanding raid. Everyone will fight for victory, or for overcoming, in a competition that mixes three decisive ingredients: speed, navigation and luck. Any carelessness sends you home. It’s in your DNA. The disaster last year, when the waypoint left the race prematurely sentenced, has changed the concept for this contest, which will begin with stages more prone to speed, to gradually increase the difficulty with the maps, with the high point in the desert of the Empty Quarter. The challenge is to crown the most complete pilot, although the goddess Fortuna also has a voice and a vote. Let’s see if this year he smiles at a Spaniard.

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