Six years back Loeb stopped full-time rallying and walked away from the WRC as the sport's most successful driver. Nine titles and 78 wins didn't just set him apart from his rivals, those numbers placed him firmly on another planet.
The next year, he came back and won two of the four events he started. But that 78th trip to the podium's top step in Argentina was widely accepted as the end of the road story for the Frenchman.
Sure, he would come back for the odd rally here and there. But win? That was not on the agenda till the Rally of Spain happened.
"For sure I enjoyed the weekend. It was a really nice feeling to fight again and win the rally. This is where I feel better, more than any other discipline," Loeb said as he celebrated the win with his co-driver Daniel Elena
Since his retirement, Leob has made guest appearances in World Touring Car Championship as well in the gruelling Dakar Rally. But he was candid while admitting the challenges of committing himself to a full season.
"In another way, I know why I retired. It's because you do only rallying and it's a lot of time and involvement. It's not what I want today and coming back, even for some rallies, is complicated as well. We have to see."
After the win in Spain, Loeb became quite emotional which reminded everyone of his victory in Finland in 2008 and he had his reasons for it
"I think the comparison can be because it was a fight to the end on that event in Finland also, it was a big fight right until the end with a really close gap and that makes it always a bit special. In my career there were not so many small gaps and that's what helps to make this one even better."