Stage Three Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Van Beveren consolidates to be in overall podium position.
Adrien Van Beveren, opened the special and using his impeccable navigational skills, completed the stage in fifth, just under six minutes adrift of the winner.
Leading out and demonstrating impressive navigation, the Frenchman was only caught by two of his rivals halfway into the 293-kilometre special. From there, he matched the speed of the duo to complete the stage as the fifth-fastest rider, just under six minutes behind the eventual winner. An excellent result that firmly establishes Adrien as a podium contender with two days of racing to go.
Tomorrow’s penultimate stage of the rally takes riders one step closer to the event’s finish line in Al Fathiyeh on Thursday. Scheduled to cover 403.76 kilometres with 251.98 of those raced against the clock, it looks set to be another gruelling test for all riders and their machinery.
"Opening stages is always a challenge, but I really enjoyed it today. It’s difficult to lead when it’s all dunes and I really tried to stay ahead and push on, but Matthias Walkner and Daniel Sanders caught up to me. But this is quite normal in rally so I cannot be too disappointed. From then onwards we rode the rest of the stage together which was fun, and the terrain was really nice today. Myself and my bike are in good shape and I’m looking forward to the final two stages."