Dakar Rally in mourning as Portuguese Goncalves dies after crash

Dakar Rally in mourning as Portuguese Goncalves dies after crash

He was found in a state of unconsciousness following a cardiac arrest. At 10:16 a.m. local time, he crashed and a medical helicopter was dispatched. "Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead". "We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends", he said. He fell badly during a crash and died of his injuries.

Alonso finished four minutes behind surprise stage victor Mathieu Serradori in the 477km timed special, as usual frontrunners Carlos Sainz, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel had a more hard time being the first three drivers in the running order - not aided by the lack of bike tracks to follow given the cancellation of their stage following the passing of Paulo Goncalves on Sunday. Instead Iâll try to do good stages every day possible and that's what I'm looking for, ' Goncalves said then.

The experienced Portuguese had competed in the Dakar on three continents, from its origins in Africa to South America and this year's debut in the Middle East.

Sharing his thoughts on the incident, Mr Wolfgang Fischer, Head - Hero MotoSports Team Rally said, 'Words can not describe our shock and loss at this moment.

The Dakar Rally canceled Monday's stage.

The Indian-backed Hero rider only made it to this year's first Dakar staged in Saudi Arabia after recovering from a fractured spleen in a crash in his native Portugal in December.

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American Ricky Brabec extended his overall lead in the category.

Australian Toby Price, the defending champion, finished an hour and 20 minutes behind Barreda but organisers said he stopped to try to help Goncalves and will have his position recalculated. But Carlos Sainz managed to bag his third stage win in the second-longest Special Stage.

The battle continues atop the general classification between the leading trio of two-time victor Sainz, defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel, a 13-time victor (seven in cars, six on bikes).

Goncalves' best finish at Dakar was 2015, when he was second to Marc Coma.

He was 46th overall after the sixth stage on Friday.

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