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No respite for the sandy covered

10 april - Stage 4 day 1

The long stage of the 34th MARATHON DES SABLES has "only" 76.3 km, but the difficult terrain, 20 km of sand, and especially a storm that got up in the late afternoon made the day extreme.

Little dunes, dunes, sandy wadis, jebels (sand mountains): that's obviously what the 768 competitors still in the race were looking for this morning on the 34th edition of the MARATHON DES SABLES. And that's precisely what they found - and still find - on the long dreaded stage. 76.3 km long, she was an ogre this morning on the camp: "The long, it scares me, it seems to be beefy. It is necessary to go as gently as possible to avoid injuries, dehydration ", explains Laurence BRAASTAD (D739-FRA). "I do not want to stop for the night, but if I have to, I'll sleep. And I must also find someone who has about my pace to finish, otherwise the last twenty kilometers is hell!

The race strategy is what occupied the majority of competitors this morning. Sleep a little or walk all night? Progress alone or try to find someone to share their pain? Ludovic VISTOT (D121-FRA), prefers to advance at his own pace as much as possible: "As long as I have the motivation and fuel in the tank, I will go on. Stopping would be very complicated, I'm not ready for that, it would really be an incident." Emmanuelle ROMANZI (D016-FRA), adds: "If I stop, I do not leave again. " And yet, the CP4 (km 50.7), and especially the CP5 (km 61) offer all the necessary for the competitors who would like to rest a few hours: deckchairs, tea, and above all volunteers to the care. What to refuel and reech the arrival within the time limit of 31 hours.

And to force the issue, it is a real sandstorm that has risen in the late afternoon and swept the bivouac and the race area, from west to east - so to speak for everyone competitors on the track ... An additional difficulty that should not be taken lightly: the visibility is reduced to a few meters, the sand pinches parts of the body exposed to the wind, including the eyes. Of course, sunglasses are not enough to completely protect these sensitive organs, and competitors often have no choice but to sit with their backs against the wind, and wait for the bulk of the storm to pass. ... This is also the MDS: manage the unexpected, adapt, overcome the difficulties to finally reach the finish.

TOP RUNNERS : IN PROGRESS

At the time of writing this press release, the competitors have not yet reached the finish of the long stage. Full information on this step tomorrow.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 3              

Women's Top 5*

RANK

BIB

RUNNER

TEAM

NAT.

TOTAL TIME

1

819

Ragna DEBATS

TERRESDELEBRE/CADEMONTANA

NED

09:32:40

2

630

Aziza RAJI

 

MAR

11:17:07

3

756

Meghan HICKS

 

USA

11:41:39

4

2

Gemma GAME

 

GBR

11:49:19

5

611

Lauren WOODWISS

 

GBR

12:18:20

Men's Top 5*

RANK

BIB

RUNNER

TEAM

NAT.

TOTAL TIME

1

1

Rachid EL MORABITY

MAROC TGCC TEAM

MAR

08:10:21

2

8

Mohamed EL MORABITY

MAROC TGCC TEAM

MAR

08:12:59

3

7

Abdelkader EL MOUAZIZ

MAROC TGCC TEAM

MAR

08:27:16

4

791

Abdelaziz BAGHAZZA

 

MAR

08:45:10

5

719

Antonio ALONGI

 

ITA

08:46:55

Teams' TOP 5*

MAROC TGCC TEAM              08:20:59
1 - Rachid EL MORABITY
2 - Aziz EL AKAD
3 - Abdelkader EL MOUAZIZ
4 - Mohamed EL MORABITY

TERDAV 1 / CENTRAKOR       09:22:01
1 - Merile ROBERT
2 - Julien CHORIER
3 - Damien DOUVRY
4 - Lhoucine AKHDAR

TERRESDELEBRE/CADEMONTANA          10:12:54
1 - Alejandro FRAGUELA BREIJO
2 - Ragna DEBATS --
3 - Albert GINE CID

NATUR RUNNING        11:28:35
1 - Laurent ALEX
2 - Maxime ALEX
3 - Nicolas GACON
4 - Christian LEROUX
5 - Bernard FOUILLAT
6 - Michel THEVENIN

TERRES D'AVENTURE 2         11:40:56
1 - Thomas CALLENS
2 - Moktar LAHCEN
3 - Mohamed FARAJ
4 - Laurence KLEIN

 

*Provisional rankings

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