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Sport Peterhansel leads Dakar Rally but al-Attiyah hits back

01:23  09 january  2018
01:23  09 january  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Dakar Rally - 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally - 40th Dakar Edition stage three, Pisco to San Juan de Marcona - January 8, 2018. Al - Attiyah , who also won Saturday’s opening stage, moved up from fifth overall to third and 7:43 off the lead despite losing around three minutes with a flat tire.

(Reuters) – Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel took over the lead of the Dakar Rally on Monday, the third driver in three days to hit the front, while Qatar’s Nasser al - Attiyah won the stage in southern Peru.

a screenshot of a video game: Dakar Rally - 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally - 40th Dakar Edition© REUTERS/Andres Stapff Dakar Rally - 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally - 40th Dakar Edition Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel took over the lead of the Dakar Rally on Monday, the third driver in three days to hit the front, while Qatar's Nasser al-Attiyah won the stage in southern Peru.

Peterhansel, driving a Peugeot and chasing a record 14th Dakar title in the event that also visits Bolivia and Argentina, was second fastest on the 296km timed stage from Pisco to the port of San Juan de Marcona.

The Frenchman now leads team mate and compatriot Cyril Despres, the overnight leader on Sunday, by three minutes and 11 seconds.

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Dakar Rally - 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally - 40th Dakar Edition stage three, Pisco to San Juan de Marcona - January 8, 2018. (Reuters) - Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel took over the lead of the Dakar Rally on Monday, the third driver in three days to hit the front, while

Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel took over the lead of the Dakar Rally on Monday, the third driver in three days to hit the front, while Al - Attiyah , who also won Saturday's opening stage, moved up from fifth overall to third and 7:43 off the lead despite losing around three minutes with a flat tyre.

"It was complicated because there were a lot of dunes again," he said. "The navigation was a little bit easier this morning because the bikers started first this morning.

"They navigated really well so most of the time we followed the lines of the bikers... we did not drive the stage on full attack, just with a good speed."

Al-Attiyah, who also won Saturday's opening stage, moved up from fifth overall to third and 7:43 off the lead despite losing around three minutes with a flat tire.

"We needed to push, but not really crazily. It was not a big push, because the road really isn’t easy and very dangerous in places," he said.

"It's good, except for yesterday when we opened (the road)which was very difficult for us because there were no lines, but I think we are in a good way now."

Sunderland out of Dakar Rally, Villas-Boas crashes

  Sunderland out of Dakar Rally, Villas-Boas crashes British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland abandoned his Dakar Rally title defense Tuesday due to back pain, and Portuguese soccer coach Andre Villas-Boas was taken to a hospital after his car crashed against a sand dune. Rally organizers said Sunderland, the overall leader on a KTM, withdrew near the end of the 330-kilometer (205-mile) special around San Juan de Marcona when he was hurt after a jump.Adrien van Beveren of France won the fourth stage in about four hours. He also moved into the overall lead, taking a 1:55 advantage over Pablo Quintanilla of Chile.

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(Reuters) – Reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel fought back to win the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally in Bolivia on Sunday but Peugeot team mate. Peterhansel was an hour and 13 minutes off the lead . “We’ll try to do our best in the next six days,” said Al - Attiyah , a two-times Dakar winner.

Nine-times world rally champion Sebastian Loeb, also in a Peugeot, dropped to fourth after finishing more than eight and a half minutes behind the Qatari.

It was a bad day for Spanish driver Nani Roma, a Dakar winner on motorcycle and car, who rolled his Mini near the finish and suffered head and neck injuries.

Roma finished the stage, with co-driver Alex Haro largely unhurt, but was flown by helicopter to a nearby airport for medical checks in Lima.

Britain's Sam Sunderland, the Dubai-based defending champion, went back to the top of the motorcycle standings after Honda's overnight leader Joan Barreda lost his way and dropped almost 28 minutes.

Sunderland won the stage, his second victory for KTM in three days, to lead Honda's Argentine rider Kevin Benavides by four minutes and 38 seconds.

Tuesday's fourth stage starts and ends in San Juan de Marcona after a 330km special stage that includes one of the longest sandy sections in the event's history.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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