Al Rajhi surprises the favorites on the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally

He Saudi Yazeed Al Rajhi (Overdrive Toyota) won this Wednesday in the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally, in the category of cars.

Al Rajhi, also winner of the seventh special, beat Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah by 2:04 (Toyota Gazoo Racing) in the 342 timed kilometers from Neom to Al’Ula. The Qatari cut Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel (X-Raid Mini JCW) by 49 seconds in the general, third on Wednesday.

In general, Nasser Al-Attiyah remains second, 17:01 behind thirteen-time champion of the Dakar Rally, which will face the longest and most demanding special of this edition with an important cushion.

This Thursday the participants face a 511 kilometer special, of which 100 are dunes. The Spanish Carlos Sainz (X-Raid Mini JCW), the last Dakar Rally champion, will reach the eleventh and penultimate stage in the third place overall, with a difference of 1 hour, 3 minutes and 44 seconds with respect to the leader.

The Dakar Rally, considered the toughest in the world, is held for the second consecutive year in Saudi Arabia.

On motorcycles

There is no clear favorite in the motorcycle general, devoid of its last leader, Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda), when the rally reaches its most decisive stage. The goodbye of the Chilean, transferred to the Taduk hospital and removed from the race due to the risk of a concussion, draws a new perspective on rider classification, totally unpredictable, with Argentine Kevin Benavides (Honda) as the new leader, albeit with a tiny margin: 51 seconds out of American Ricky Brabec, the defending champion.

Also the British Sam Sunderland (+10: 35) and the Spanish Joan Barreda (+15: 40) They see themselves with options to be crowned in this edition, knowing that the next special is conducive to a great comeback between the dunes.

“The race is long and we are seeing, with this type of navigation and with everything that is happening every day, that the fight is against the race “, Joan Barreda exposed when he learned about the withdrawal of Nacho Cornejo.

The Chilean suffered a sharp fall at kilometer 252 of the 342 special. He recovered and shot until he reached the goal, but following medical criteria he gave up fighting with the best. Even with the fall, he would be third, just 1:07 behind first.

The loss of Nacho Cornejo, added to Toby Price, returns Joan Barreda to the fight for the podium, at a time when fatigue multiplies the difficulty that this Dakar Rally already has. “More ‘rock and roll’ of the good awaits us,” joked the Spaniard. Lorenzo Santolino, seventh, is the other Spaniard in the top-10.

In quads, the Argentine Pablo Copetti, already devoid of options to win a title, he took the victory in a route with 241 kilometers of connection and 342 of special between Neom and Al’Ula.

For just 20 seconds, Copetti beat Chilean Ítalo Pedemonte to sign his second stage victory in this edition of the Dakar Rally, which is being held in Saudi Arabia for the second consecutive year.

Also Argentine Manuel Andújar, leader of the general, was third at 2:45.

That doesn’t change the overall quad picture too much. In fact, Andújar increases his lead to 21 minutes over Frenchman Alexandre Giroud, who is fourth in this special.

In light vehicles, Russian Sergei Kariakin cut Chilean Chaleco López’s three-win streak, who continues to lead the general classification, with a 10-minute lead over American Austin Jones.

For his part, the Czech Martin Macik (Iveco) repeated his triumph in the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally in the truck category, with an advantage of 1 minute and 40 seconds over the general leader, the Russian Dmitry Sotnikov (Kamaz). His rent is 47:22 on his compatriot Anton Shibalov.


‘Top ten’ of novels in Spanish favorite by readers in 2020

The writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Despite the stoppage caused by the closure of bookstores due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Editorial news have happened this year both in novels and in essays, books that have accompanied readers and allowed them to escape between its pages. The following is a selection of ten outstanding novels written in Spanish this year.

‘Good luck’, by Rosa Montero (Alfaguara)

This existential ‘thriller’ tells a story about the fear of living and how to learn to overcome it, a novel starring a woman and a man whose lives intersect in a dying town in southern Spain.

‘Frankenstein’s mother’, by Almudena Grandes (Tusquets)

This novel, fifth installment of the ‘Episodes of an endless war’, is set in the 50s, takes place in a women’s asylum and it tells of the relationship between a psychiatrist returned from exile, a famous patient, and a humble nurse, raised in that place.

‘The city of steam’, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Planet)

The eleven stories by Carlos Ruiz Zafón gathered in this volume constitute the ‘secret map’ of his tetralogy of ‘The cemetery of forgotten books’. Conceived by the author as a gift for your readers, were published after his death last June.

‘Open heart’, by Elvira Lindo (Seix Barral)

Chosen as the best novel of the year by Madrid booksellers, Lindo tells his family story and with it he creates a generational portrait of the last century, all through the gaze of a woman who witnessed the love her parents professed for each other.

‘Like dust in the wind’, Leonardo Padura (Tusquets)

Exile, uprooting, permanence, loyalty, love, hatred appear in the pages of this novel that takes place in Havana starring a group of friends over the years.

‘Line of fire’, Arturo Pérez Reverte (Alfaguara)

Novel that narrates the first ten days of the battle of the Ebror, the bloodiest of the Civil War, with the experiences of those who fought on both sides at the front.

‘Empty houses’, by Brenda Navarro (Sixth Floor)

Through two women who are mothers of the same child, one whose son disappears in the park where he is playing, and another who takes him away to raise him as her own, the novel by this Mexican writer uncovers preconceived ideas about motherhood.

‘Un amor’, by Sara Mesa (Anagrama)

A young and inexperienced translator moves to a small rural village. His landlord, who gives him a dog as a welcome gesture, will soon show his true face, and the conflicts around the rented house – a poor construction, full of cracks and leaks – will turn into a true obsession for her.

‘Aquitania’, by Eva García Sáenz de Urturi (Planet)

Winner of the 2020 Planet Award, this historical soap operaa, which leads the sales charts, goes through a century full of revenge, incest and battles starting with an Eleanor of Aquitaine in the territories of what would later be called Europe.

‘End of season’, by Ignacio Martínez de Pisón (Seix Barral)

In June 1977, Juan and Rosa, barely teenagers, have an appointment at a clandestine abortion clinic, but an accident prevents them from reaching their destination. Almost twenty years later, Rosa and her son Iván begin what will be the project of their life, the recovery of a campsite.


abandonment of Alex Thomson, one of the favorites of the Vendée Globe

He gives up. “Not being able to repair his starboard rudder”, Alex Thomson “Abandon the Vendée Globe” and “Go on route to Cape Town”. On Saturday afternoon, November 28, the organizers of the round-the-world solo race announced the retirement of one of the competition’s favorites. The Briton had passed the equator in the lead ten days after the departure of the fleet on November 8. Saturday morning, he was in 13th place in the standings. For a short week, he had been encountering structural problems on his latest generation boat (Hugo Boss). Friday evening, he was trying to get back into the race when he noticed the damage to the rudder, which led him to make this difficult decision.

Brand new boat

The Welshman gives up for the third time in five appearances. He had already retired in 2004 and then in 2008 before finishing third in 2013 and second in the last edition in 2017.

Vendée Globe: “The dismasting is the worst”
The 46-year-old skipper was at the helm of a brand-new black and pink boat of the latest generation, which can almost fly thanks to the foils (large side appendages). His boat, which is part of a fleet of eight new sailboats, is packed with electronics. It is the only one to have a completely closed cockpit.

At the last score, the classification was dominated by Frenchman Charlie Dalin, ahead of Thomas Rettant and Jean Le Cam. One of the other big favorites, at the start of the Vendée Globe, is in last place. Jérémy Beyou, also a victim of damage, had chosen to turn back to repair and restart 9 days after the other competitors.

Second chance Vendée Globe for Jérémie Beyou


the child’s body was found in the woods with his favorite toys!

Sordid murder case in Brazil: this Tuesday, September 29, Caroline Carrilho Correia was arrested, then hospitalized while she was trying to commit suicide. When rescue found her, she confessed that she had murdered her nearby 3-year-old son, before putting his body in a bag with her favorite toys.

The little boy was reportedly killed by strangulation on the side of a highway, between Curitiba and Campo Largo. Isaac Carrilho Barbosa was then abandoned in a wood by his mother who was trying to injure herself when help arrived. The 29-year-old has since been charged with murder and sent to the hospital where she underwent surgery.

At present, investigators are trying to determine the exact location where the child was killed, as well as the time at which these dramatic events took place. As for the motive, local media report that the mother felt neglected by her husband, who placed too much importance on their son …


The same favorites want to meet, this time yes, in Cologne

Nothing has changed in a year in the Euroleague. Much of last season’s preview may also apply to the continental campaign that begins today. CSKA Moscow remains the reigning champion after the Final Four they won in 2019 at the Buesa Arena; they still are the same eighteen teams that participate in this edition; and all squads dream of being victorious in Cologne, the venue for the final phase. All this, because the Euroleague chose to cancel the season due to the expansion of the coronavirus pandemic.

Son several applicants to lift the trophy. The squads have not moved much compared to last season and Anadolu Efes (Larkin, Micic and Dunston), Real Madrid (Campazzo, Deck and Tavares) and Barcelona (Calathes, Mirotic on the court and Jasikevicius on the bench) are the favorites.

Euroleague | 1st day

Today (Dazn)

Anadolu Efes-Zenit


Olympiacos-Zalgiris Kaunas


Maccabi Tel Aviv-Alba Berlin


Barcelona-CSKA Moscú


Valencia Basket-Asvel





Fenerbahce-Red Star


Bayern Munich-Armani Milan


Baskonia-Real Madrid


Milan and Khimki are the teams that have been reinforced the most. The former have incorporated Kevin Punter, Malcolm Delaney, Luigi Datome, Shavon Shields and Kyle Hines to the already great squad they had with Sergio Rodríguez, Jeff Brooks and Vladimir Micov. On the part of the Russians, Greg Monroe and Jordan Mickey have arrived in the Moscow city.

Barcelona, ​​Acunsa Gipuzkoa Basket’s next rival, debuts today against CSKA Moscow at 9:00 p.m. Tomorrow it will be Baskonia’s turn against Real Madrid and it will be able to do so against 400 partners. The club had requested that 4,000 fans be allowed access, a figure that represents 60% of the capacity allowed by the Buesa Arena. However, the Basque Government has ignored the request.

All the matches of the tournament can be seen live through Dazn’s digital platform.


A Latina judge and an anti-abortion judge, favorites to fill the vacancy in the US Supreme Court

Among the list of 45 people that US President Donald Trump has to fill in the Supreme Court the vacancy of progressive Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday at the age of 87, Conservative judges Barbara Lagoa, 52, and Amy Coney Barrett, 48, sound like big favorites.

They are two magistrates who, as the controversial current tenant of the White House said this Sunday, “are highly respected” and liked by the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell. Precisely said Chamber must ratify the appointment.

The president plans to announce this week the name of the person who will occupy the seat left by Bader Ginsburg in the highest court in the country for life.

In that sense, the Cuban-American Bárbara Lagoa, daughter of Cuban exiles from Miami and who serves on the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, is presented as a key candidate who would encourage the electorate of Florida, a vital state for reelection. Trump vs. Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 presidential election.

For her part, Barrett, of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit and a devout Roman Catholic, is known for her outspoken opposition to abortion.


Alaphilippe reconquers the rainbow jersey for France

The French Julian Alaphilippe became road cycling world champion, this Sunday at the Imola circuit, in Italy, returning to his country a title that it had not won since Laurent Brochard won in 1997. The silver medal went to the Belgian Wout van Aert and the bronze went to the Swiss Marc Hirschi.

In that first group that fought for silver and bronze, and that entered 24 seconds, were also the Polish Michael Kwiatkowski, the Danish Jakob Fuglsang and the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who could not get on the podium. The next group crossed the finish line 53 seconds behind Alaphilippe. In it was the Spanish Alejandro Valverde, world champion in 2018.

Alaphilippe attacked at the top of the last ascent, less than 12 kilometers from the end, to end up crossing the finish line alone at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari racetrack, dressing in the long-awaited rainbow jersey and playing ‘La Marseillaise’ at the close of this World Cup, initially planned in Switzerland and which changed venue due to restrictions before the coronavirus pandemic.

«It is hard for me to find the words, I just want to thank my teammates, who believed in me today. We have done a great job. This was the dream of my career“Commented the winner of the day. «I came here with many ambitions. It is a dream day. I want to remember all those who follow me and support me. The French team was very strong today, thanks also to coach Thomas Voeckler for having believed in me, “he said.

Ninth Frenchman to win a World Cup

The race started to come alive in earnest 70 kilometers from the finish, when pressure from the French team, after the efforts of Switzerland and Denmark, put an end to the initial breakaway. The German Jonas Koch and the Norwegian Torstein Traeen were the last survivors of it.

Belgium then took over in the rhythm of the head, before the recent champion of the Tour de France, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, attacked at the foot of the penultimate climb to Gallisterna, 42 kilometers from the finish line. The 22-year-old star arrived at the start of the ninth and final lap, 28.8 kilometers from the end, with a 25-second advantage over the packed peloton of about 35 runners. He was reached before reaching 20 kilometers to go, first by the Dutch Tom Dumoulin and then by the group, led by the Italians Damiano Caruso and Vincenzo Nibali.

On the approach to the top of the last climb of the race, that of Galisterna (2.7 kilometers with an average difference of 6.4%), Alaphilippe made the necessary attack to stand out from a small leading group that had formed.

The French rider, winner of the second stage of the Tour de France on August 30 in Nice, lived in Imola one of the great moments of his sporting career, along with last year’s Tour, when he excited his entire country by wearing for 14 days the yellow jersey of the general leader in the ‘Grande Boucle’.

He is the ninth French rider to win the World Championship on the road. Among his predecessors there are illustrious names such as Bernard Hinault, who achieved it in 1980.

Van Aert, runner-up, admitted feeling “disappointed” not to win:Second place hurts. I was fine, but as on Friday in the time trial I had a stronger rider than me ».

Roglic, a week after losing the title in the Tour de France, settled for sixth place in the World Cup. “I would have preferred Wout (Van Aert, teammate in the Jumbo) to be champion instead of Alaphilippe. I was going to the limit, in the end I couldn’t sprint », he admitted.

Pogacar finished in thirty-third position, 3 minutes and 44 seconds behind the winner. For their part, the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz and the Colombian Rigoberto Urán finished in twenty-second and twenty-fourth place, respectively, both one minute and 34 seconds behind the winner.

Before the race, Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko, who tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, was declared out.



Daniel Martínez wins the Dauphiné that crushes the Tour hopefuls

No one, not even him, expected him to be a cyclist. But there was the bicycle with which his family delivered the orders from the candy store. Daniel Felipe Martínez thus learned to pedal, like the old runners of the Spanish postwar period. With 15 years he began to compete. Quick. At 18 he ran the Volta a Catalunya. With 20 the Giro finished. And with 24 he has just won this edition of the Dauphiné that has tortured all the favorites for the already close Tour. He left, tired, Bernal. Roglic fell. Landa’s back pains stopped after going out in a whirlwind in the final stage. Quintana drowned, like Porte. And Pinot, the one who resisted the most, gave up the victory on this last day of madness, with seven passes and Kuus triumph at the finish line of the Megeve airfield. In that exciting carousel, a Colombian emerged who was not expected by the forecasts, Daniel Martínez, champion of his country against the clock and also a climber. “In the last two kilometers I have pedaled with my soul”, he said when taking this round that has crushed all the bodies. Two weeks before the start of the Tour, no one can believe the favorite anymore.

More than from stage to stage, the Dauphiné has gone from shock to shock. After months of inactivity due to the pandemic, the applicants to the Tour were in five mountain days. Without respite. They choked. First Bernal, the last winner of the Grande Boucle, got off the race. It was said that for back pain. It seems that it was more due to fatigue and not suffering a defeat against Roglic. The Slovenian lasted one more day. He fell on Saturday and, although he saved the lead, he did not start in the last stage, where surprises continued with three of the favorites: Landa, brave, who attacked as soon as the day began, his back betrayed; Quintana was not seen (he retired due to pain in one knee), and Pinot cracked at the Domancy coat when he had the race in hand. There, Pogacar, ‘Supermán’ López, Daniel Martínez and Kuus jumped.

The final stage had nothing to do with the first. Neither Bernal, nor Roglic, nor Landa, nor Quintana were there. In the Ineos de Bernal and Froome the trump card was young Sivakov. And in Roglic’s Jumbo, the leaders were Kuus and the recovered Dumoulin, the Tour candidate who comes out stronger from Dauphiné. While the Gallic race got into the circuit where Bernard Hinault crushed the Sallaches World Cup in 1980, everything was blown up. Then the beast Pogacar appeared on Domancy’s coat. Only López, Martínez and Kuus followed. They caught the two escapees, Alaphilippe and Sivakov, and played this unpredictable race against each other.

France, with Pinot

Martínez was the virtual leader for about twenty seconds over Pinot, who did not resign himself to the bottom of the road. Another that pulled soul. The ‘Marseillaise’, the French anthem, sounded. Martin, Bardet, Alaphilippe and Barguil lent a hand to their compatriot Pinot. But not like that. Ahead, Kuus, ever higher, awarded the Jumbo with another stage victory at the Megeve aerial summit. A few seconds away, Martínez, in the company of Pogacar, sealed the victory in the general classification of the Dauphiné. His first great leap in body and soul. From now on everyone will look at you, wait for you. He has won the race that has brought down all the Tour contenders. Pinot, 29 seconds, and Guillaume Martin, 41, escorted him to the podium.

Dumoulin, who started as Roglic’s gregarious, finished seventh after more than 400 days without competing due to that bad crash in the 2019 Giro. His name is already rumbling on the way to Paris. Like Bernal, Roglic, Pinot, Quintana … And Landa. The physical problems of this final stage do not cover the level shown during the first four days and the attitude at the beginning of the last. He was with Pinot on the opening offense. He went out to win the Dauphiné, which is already owned by Daniel Martínez. In less than two weeks, everyone is seen on the Tour.