318 vehicles before the start line of 39th DAKAR went yesterday evening through the podium in Asuncion to the great pleasure of the huge crowd and the President of the Republic of Paraguay. Today the first stage will lead the competitors to Argentinian city of Resistencia. The stage of 454 km includes the special area of 39 km on Paraguay soil. While crossing the border, the most sentimental competitors will cast a final glance at the flag of Paraguay, while the most well-informed will notice that it is the only national flag in the world which reverse differs from the observe - the national emblem on the front side and the treasury seal of the country - the symbol of freedom defence - a lion defending red freedom wreath on the backward side.
Denis Bushkouski photos