Roma Closes In

Paul Carruthers | January 17, 2004

Richard Sainct won today’s 17th stage of the Dakar Rally, but with just a single stage left, Nani Roma is on the verge of taking the overall victory.

Sainct gained two minutes and five seconds on Roma today, but the Spaniard still leads by five minutes and two seconds in the overall standings. Roma managed to finish second in today’s stage, topping Cyril Despres, Alfie Cox and Fabrizio Meoni.

Red Bull KTM’s Larry Roeseler ended up 10th today and he’s now 12th overall, though it looks like he could only realistically gain another spot in the overall standings on the final day. His teammate Paul Krause finished 21st today and is 18th overall.

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.