Sara Price Is the First American Woman to Win a Dakar Stage

Price won Stage 10 to become the third woman ever to win a Dakar stage.

Sara Price rips through the desert near AlUla, Saudi Arabia, on her way to victory on Stage 10 of the 2024 Dakar Rally.ASO

Sara Price has made history in Saudi Arabia, winning Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally, in the process becoming the first American woman to win a stage at the Dakar. She’s only the third woman to ever win a stage at the rally, behind legend Jutta Kleinschmidt and Cristina Gutiérrez. Price is sitting second overall in the SSV Class in her South Racing–prepared Can-Am Maverick X3. In her first Dakar, she’s 20 minutes off the leader with two stages left in the rally.

Price goes over some of Dakar’s more challenging terrain.ASO

This is the second time in three months Price has made history in the World Rally-Raid Championship, after she became the first American woman to win a stage in the series at November’s Morocco Rally. With the win at Dakar, she enters truly rarefied air. Kleinschmidt won the rally overall in 2001, after becoming the first woman to win a stage at the rally in 1997. Gutiérrez followed Kleinschmidt with a win in the Lightweight Vehicles class in 2021.

The rally wraps up on Friday, after two tough, rocky stages on the Saudi Arabian coast. With a 20-minute gap to close to first, Price has her work cut out for her to take top spot. She’s three minutes up on third place, a time gap that can vaporize quickly in the desert.

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