The stage from Salta to Belen began with a 424km road section ahead of the 373km competitive test marked by sandy dunes early in the stage, with a series of tricky river crossings towards the end of the test.
Mathais Aalkner has become the favourite to win 2018 Dakar after he won th gruelling Stage 10. All but one of the top six riders in the overall classification lost large amounts of time late in the stage after getting lost in a river bed, while a crash just three kilometres from the end of the stage forced overnight leader Adrian Van Beveren to retire from the rally. Toby Price’s hopes of winning the Dakar Rally have taken a severe blow after a disastrous and dramatic Stage 10.
Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider CS Santosh started the stage well but suffered a nasty crash in the second half of the stage which knocked him out for some time. But, with the intervention of the team, the Indian rider managed to finish the stage in 44th place. He is now placed in 39th position in the overall standings.
Santosh's teammate Oriol Mena was impressive in stage 10 as he attacked from the beginning. The Spanish rider finished the stage in a commendable fourth position, just over 20 minutes adrift of the stage winner. With this result, Mena is now placed in the 14th spot in the overall standings.
Stage 11 is going to be the second marathon test for the bikes category as the riders will tackle a timed section of 280km.
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