Kaiser wins first stage of the Tuareg Rally
The line between sun and snow was thin on the first day of the Tuareg Rally. In the first part a lot of competitors were confronted by difficult conditions as snow and rain came down heavy. The heat took over as they travelled to the south where the desert camp is located on Sunday.
The days stage was 420 kilometres long and separated in two parts. The first part was tricky with a lot of stones while the first dunes showed up during the second part of the stage. A section of fourteen kilometres dunes before the desert camp were a nice appetizer for what is to come in the next days.
Thorsten Kaiser dominated the first stage in the bike category. He won the stage with a fourteen-minute lead to Harite Gabari who finished second. Andrea Fasani finished third and was clearly happy with that result. Another Italian, Christian Pastori, is normally a contender for the overall win but had technical difficulties on the first day.
Ian Rochelle won the stage in the car-category along with navigator Merel Taal in the Nissan. Adrian von Lerber en Peter Schumann finished second, just in front Alan Skirvin and Derrick Edmondson. Quite remarkable is the fact that the numbers two and three of the cars on Sunday are SSV’s.
Mondays stage is 185 kilometres long and finishes in the Erg Chebi region where riders will get another taste of the Moroccan Dunes.