December 20, 2014
Dakar rally begins in Rosario; Barreda wins first stage
The 2014 Dakar Rally today began with motorbikes and cuadbikes setting off from the city of Rosario, Santa Fe province, with a large crowd turning out in the morning to see competitors take off in the famous race.
The first stage, which ran from Rosario to San Luis, took in 809 kilometres on and off-road, and in the motorbike category was won by Spaniard Joan Barreda (Honda).
The rider triumphed with a time of 2:25:31, followed by compatriot Marc Coma 37 seconds back and defending champion, French star Cyril Despres (1:40).
According to organisers, 712 participants set off from the Santa Fe city to take part in what is considered one of the most gruelling competitions in the world. 174 compete in the motorbike category, 40 in quadbike, 147 in car and 70 trucks.