Sport Peterhansel leads Dakar Rally but al-Attiyah hits back

01:23  09 january  2018
01:23  09 january  2018 Source:   Reuters

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Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel bounced back on Monday to move into the lead of the 36th Dakar Rally following the second stage from San Luis to San Rafael in Argentina. 1. Stephane Peterhansel (FRA/Mini). 2. Carlos Sainz (ESP/Smg). 3. Nasser Al - Attiyah (QAT/Mini).

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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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Peterhansel holds a commanding lead after stage 9 of the Dakar . Nani Roma has gone fastest on the ninth stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally with overnight leader Stephane Peterhansel heavily extending his lead over main rival Nasser Al - Attiyah .

Qatari ace Nasser Al Attiyah won the Dakar Rally third stage on Monday to make it three stages Al Attiyah played his role as team-mate which cost him as he admitted some further time in eating into Peterhansel 's lead . Al Attiyah hits back on Dakar . Al Attiyah wins again, Sainz falls away.

"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."

Day 2 of Dakar Rally puts France's Despres in the lead

  Day 2 of Dakar Rally puts France's Despres in the lead Frenchman Cyril Despres of Peugeot has won the second round of the Dakar Rally and taken the overall lead of the race. The third place in last year's edition was timed on Sunday at 2 hours, 56 minutes and 51 seconds for the 195 miles (267 kilometers) around Pisco, in Peru. He finished ahead of two French teammates, with a 48-second lead on Stephane Peterhansel and 3:08 in front of Sebastien Loeb.Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, who won the first round, ended nearly 15 minutes behind the leader in fifth.Despres leads the overall classification by 27 seconds on Peterhansel.

Dirk von Zitzewitz immediately found the right direction at a junction and did not follow the tracks left by Peterhansel . Nasser Al - Attiyah dropped back Thursday, 13 January: The Dakar Rally competitors have to contend with the final stage dominated specifically by deep, anthracite coloured sand in the

Qatar’s Nasser Al - Attiyah won the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally in Chile Saturday. France’s Stephane Peterhansel kept the overall lead , while defending champion Marc Coma of Spain won the stage in motorbikes.

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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