From DAKAR.com http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2016/us/stage-100/live-feed.html Here we go! The 350 competitors have been impatiently waiting for the start of the 38th edition of the Dakar contested in Argentina and Bolivia. Whilst the day merely seems to be an appetiser, this prologue will prove to be quite “copious” with no less than 346 kilometres to be covered, including 11 kilometres of special stage. In an exercise where there is often more to be lost than won, how will the “newcomers” in the car category, in particular Sébastien Loeb or Mikko Hirvonen, fare on their debuts? Will they stamp their mark on the race from the start or at least take advantage of a relatively favourable and short 11-kilometre configuration to win their first special stage? Will the old hands let them fall into the trap of the prologue? It will certainly be an interesting stage to watch, all the more so since the standings at the end of the prologue will determine the starting order the following day... The situation is similar in the bike category, where the absence of last year's winner, Marc Coma, should allow the leading lights of the category to inflict an initial psychological blow. In short, over these 11 kilometres against the clock, the competitors must avoid confusing speed with haste. So, will there be a surprise or not? By this evening, we will have found out!