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The first part of the 455 kilometer special stage was in the dunes of the Atacama desert. Verhoeven began fierce and a bit too hot. ‘I even got arm pump, which I never have. I realized I was riding too forced, so I hold back a bit. I picked up the pace again by following Jordi Viladoms. Only then I found my rhythm and I started to hunt down Viladoms. I was like an old diesel today. Once I got my pace I gave it all and I won a few places.’ 

 Verhoeven passed the finish line in seventh. In the standings he climbed to 21st..



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