Former Soccer-Coach André Villas-Boas was transported by helicopter to a hospital despite an accident during SS04 Tuesday. As different media reported, he jumped after a high dune and landed on the front of the his Overdrive Toyota Hilux. He was brought to hospital with a back pain. "It's a shame, especially since André was making a very good debut," said Overdrive Team Manager Jean-Marc Fortin.
The 40-year-old former FC Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Zenit St. Petersburg manager has teamed up with fellow Portuguese Ruben Faria, himself a former cross-country rider with KTM working alongside five-time Dakar winner Cyril Despres. The Portuguese has a passion for motorcycles and previously competed in the Portuguese off-road series, but global football commitments meant he had no time to continue his participation and follow in the footsteps of his uncle Pedro Villas-Boas, who tackled the Dakar Rally in 1982.
Villas-Boas wants to take part in the Dakar on two wheels, but was advised by Alex Doringer, a friend and manager of the KTM factory team, to take part in a car on four-wheels in the first instance. "He told me I needed a year of preparation and advised me to ride in the car, so I got in touch with the Overdrive Team and here I am," said Villas-Boas before the rally.
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