Rookie Claudio ready for Dakar

2013-01-03 13:05

Rookie? Newbie? Tenderfoot? Claudio Cavigliasso is not worried about names. He knows that he's a newcomer and he understands that a first Dakar is a big deal.

However, he's trying not to let on. This morning (Jan 2 2013) he was one of the first to pass through scrutineering. "Yes, I'm anxious," he said, "but I'm going to try to enjoy it anyway."


What this front hides is the dream strategy of the beginner: “I want to finish before night falls because at night in the dunes, well…”

He's a farmer and even a major exporter of oils, but this sturdy Argentine first-timer on the Dakar doesn't mince his words in revealing his anxieties within a few minutes of conversation:

“What worries me is that I'm going to be leading our pack because the first day's special starts with the quads and I'm the last on the list!”

Well-advised by all his countrymen who have already tackled the Dakar, Claudio says he has taken the best tips from all these good intentions.

It's easy to understand that rider No.290 already has his mind set on the 13km of the first special stage to begin with.

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