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You won’t recognize this stage of the Dakar under the snow

For more than a week now, the Dakar 2020 rally has been in full swing in Saudi Arabia. If desert landscapes and sand dunes were to be expected, few have anticipated this total change of environment.

The city of NEOM, the future ultra-futuristic city of the kingdom, and theatre of the 4th event of the Dakar rally linking it to AlUla was covered with a snow mantel by a storm. Some of the race organizers even had the opportunity to send us quite rare images of snow in the desert.

 

This first Saudi edition of the legendary race therefore reserves its share of surprises. Fortunately, it is unlikely that the drivers will find themselves having to drive on snow. However, the Argentinean Red Bull KTM driver complained a few days ago about the cold evening: “It’s extremely cold. It’s freezing. We will try to be a little better than yesterday. Recuperate a bit from the cold, and try to win the next stage even if we start from far away.” Who would have predicted the cold and snow would be there?