Thursday’s winner and current overall lead Graham Jarvis (GBR) was first to take off before being chased by the runners-up. By the time he reached “10A”, just before CP3, Mario Roman (SP, starting time: 3min after Jarvis) briefly caught up with him. Alfredo Gomez (SP, starting time: 6min after Jarvis) was hot on their heels and slowly gained time on Jarvis. All this happened before they entered the gnarly sections “Black slope”, “English farmer” and the new “CDI”. Before those sections, in terms of riding time, the hacking order was: Roman, Jarvis, Gomez, Young, Bolt.