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Old 01-01-2011, 06:25 AM   #211
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Volkswagen is confronted with allegations of sexual harassment against motorsports director Kris Nissen.


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As German print magazine Focus reports today, the car company is investigating serious accusations against the former touring car champion. The incidents in question happened at the Formula 3 season finale in Macau in November, when Nissen reportedly touched a female hotel guest's breast and later attacked an Audi employee who refused to buy him a beer.

Long-time rallye navigator Tina Thörner (SWE) also approached the VW board of directors, reporting that Nissen invited her to grab his crotch to "see what real men are made of". Dakar legend Jutta Kleinschmid (GER) said Nissen had led the team with a "system of fear" and went on to say that she had repeatedly witnessed how Nissen acted inappropriately towards other employees, particularly women.

Stefan Moser, chief of marketing and communications at VW, is quoted saying that "as of now, Kris Nissen will stay with the team. We will investigate and clear up the situation when we are back home". However, if the allegations turn out to be as serious as reported, "we have to act immediately". It is expected that VW will come to a decision before the racing starts on Monday.
Jep, just read this as well somewhere else...some tough guy he is huh?
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:37 AM   #212
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I wonder if its a smear campaign or for real....The impeccable timing of the allegation against Kris seems suspicious to me.





23:04 : Personal Dakar Argentina Chile 2011 Start Podium
On 1st January 2011, on the Avenue of 9th July, the starting ceremony for the riders and drivers in the Personal Dakar Argentina Chile 2011 will witness a grand show for all the fans of the rally.From 11.30 AM until 1.30 PM in the podium zone, the partners’ parade will be offering gifts to the spectators (caps, balloons, frisbees, tap-taps, etc.). Total, Banco Macro, Red Bull, Volkswagen with its Amaroks, X-Plod, Agua Palau, and Andesmar will make up this parade of 15 vehicles and fifty stewards and stewardesses.Between 1.15 PM and 2.15 PM, Chris Pfeiffer, a motorbike showman and spectacular performer, will be showing off his tricks at the foot of the podium for the pleasure of the on-looking crowds.Giant screens will be installed by Personal at 3 spots in the general public zone and will broadcast the presentation live.

20:15 : Cyril Despres: “The goal is the same”
The three times winner and title holder is lining up for an edition of the Dakar unlike the rest, in which all his rivals will be equipped with machines of the same power, following the compulsory switch over to 450cc bikes. This levelling of the mechanical playing field does not mean he is any less of a favourite for victory though. Aware of his status, the KTM rider is approaching the race as an exercise in controlling the elements, in which his experience could prove to be decisive: “The appealing thing about this event is that in fact you can’t control absolutely everything. The one who does this best is the one who handles the problems best, not the one who doesn’t have any, because that’s impossible. When I look at how far I’ve come, I realise that I’ve managed to win in very different contexts each time: either by dominating throughout the rally, or by resisting until the end and winning in the last two days. It’s something I’m fairly proud of”.

19:37 : Robby Gordon: “Here to win”
A Hummer is a vehicle which is difficult not to notice, especially if it is fluorescent orange. Robby Gordon made a big impression on his entrance to the grand hall of the La Rural exhibition centre to undergo scrutineering. True to himself, the American driver proved to be boldly confident. “I’ll say it and I’ll say it again, we’re here to win the race. We’ve worked a lot and put in plenty of effort for this rally. Now the challenge is to win the Dakar. We’ll need a bit of luck. This car is probably the best prepared that I’ve ever had. We’ve worked a lot on the car’s height as well the inflation and deflation system. The engine is better. In two days’ time, we’ll see if we’re at the same level as the others”.
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:39 AM   #213
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:43 AM   #214
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I wonder if its a smear campaign or for real....The impeccable timing of the allegation against Kris seems suspicious to me.
Timing is shitty indeed... kinda like Assange...
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:57 AM   #215
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This is it; This is what 183 riders will be facing over the next two weeks. It brings tears to my eyes.



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Old 01-01-2011, 07:05 AM   #216
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:33 AM   #217
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Jep, just read this as well somewhere else...some tough guy he is huh?
Good to see we are holding all judgment until the facts are out.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:41 AM   #218
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At the riders briefing this morning there warnings of a LOT of rain on the first few stages. After last year this is great news for Craig (Bounds No 86), but was followed by news of possible stage cancellations as other competitors 'struggled so much' last year...is it just me or isn't that the point?!

Only time will tell...Fingers crossed its all kept in!

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Old 01-01-2011, 07:51 AM   #219
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Nate, Remi, Anyone, Have you looked at the tracking yet?

I don't yet see how to get to individual riders.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:58 AM   #220
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Nate, Remi, Anyone, Have you looked at the tracking yet?

I don't yet see how to get to individual riders.
doyle... I don't think it is up and running (yet?) Dunno if they will have it up for the liason from BA up to Victoria (first bivouac), perhaps first will be on Sunday (LEG 1) over to Cordoba?

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Old 01-01-2011, 08:00 AM   #221
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There was just (40 minutes ago) a 6.9 earthquake in the area where Monday's ride is routed through.
This is the Dakar, so the earthquake was probably a planned part of the race!
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:02 AM   #222
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Nate, Remi, Anyone, Have you looked at the tracking yet?

I don't yet see how to get to individual riders.
There's a search button to the left of the car/bike/quad/truck icon. I guess you can insert a race# there when they go live. I hope the new system works.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:03 AM   #223
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Is there any way i can watch here in the US?
Live internet, ect?
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:07 AM   #224
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Here's a couple of internet streams...

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/c5n

http://old.tn.com.ar/vivo/metafile.asx

It's all we've got in Canada... as far as I can tell
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:13 AM   #225
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There's a search button to the left of the car/bike/quad/truck icon. I guess you can insert a race# there when they go live. I hope the new system works.
It's easy to spot the F5 team members eh...? Playing with all the buttons already... and they have'nt even thrown the start switch yet...

There's probably some froggy IT tech guy back at HQ screaming right now; "Sacre blue! who are all these damn ADV.com type persons trying to breach ze firewalls....!"


PS: does anyone have an idea what the max number of windows you can have open simultaneously; scanning the various DAKAR related web sites? Last year i was regularly between 10 to 15... got a feeling that number is going to get blown outta the water this year...
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