Toby Price is closing in on race leader after a second place for Stage 6

Hunter rider Toby Price takes on the marathon Stage Seven of the 2018 Dakar Rally in fifth spot less than 10 minutes behind the leader, Honda rider Kevin Benavides

Price  he tied for second place during Stage Six of the 2018 Dakar Rally.

He led the way at the seventh waypoint before the route headed back up a climb above 4,000m, and trailed eventual stage winner KTM teammate, Antoine Meo, by just 30 seconds at the end.

“I’m excited to get back out there for Stage Seven, today’s rest day has been good,” he posted on Saturday.

“I just got my road book for tomorrow and it’s fairly chunky, so it’s looking like a long day tomorrow with it being our first marathon stage. 

“As we stand in the overall standing right now I’m happy just 9.5 minutes off the overall lead and considering where I was this time last year I’m just grateful to be out here competing and doing what I love!”

The rally crossed into Bolivia and tasted high altitude running on its sixth day, the 313km stage split into two with a neutralisation point at the Peru-Bolivia border. 

However, the Peruvian part of the stage - a 118km stretch that took the field up to 4,700m above seal level - was cancelled due to poor weather for the bikes, for whom Stage 6 became a 195km sprint to the overnight stop at La Paz.

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