Sport Sunderland out of Dakar Rally, Villas-Boas crashes

05:02  10 january  2018
05:02  10 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Peterhansel leads Dakar Rally but al-Attiyah hits back

  Peterhansel leads Dakar Rally but al-Attiyah hits back Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel took over the lead of the Dakar Rally.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.

SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, Peru (AP) — 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.

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 The former champions who started the day second and third overall dropped out of title contention.

Co-driver Matthieu Baumel, of France, looks on as Driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, of Qatar, tries to unstuck their Toyota during the 4th stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally in San Juan de Marcona, Peru, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)© The Associated Press Co-driver Matthieu Baumel, of France, looks on as Driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, of Qatar, tries to unstuck their Toyota during the 4th stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally in San Juan de Marcona, Peru, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, Peru — 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.

Peterhansel extends lead in Dakar; Loeb, Villas-Boas out

  Peterhansel extends lead in Dakar; Loeb, Villas-Boas out Stephane Peterhansel extended his overall lead of the Dakar Rally after winning the fifth stage on Wednesday. The Frenchman, a 13-time Dakar champion in all categories, won the 266-kilometer (165-mile) stage between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa in Peru in 2 hours, 51 minutes, 19 seconds.Peterhansel's Peugeot teammate, Sebastien Loeb, was forced to abandon the race after an injury to co-pilot Daniel Elena.Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke of Toyota finished the stage 4:52 behind Peterhansel.In the overall classification, Peterhansel leads Peugeot's Carlos Sainz, who ended fourth on Wednesday, by 31:16.

Villas - Boas recently admitted he is putting his life on the line in the Dakar Rally . He finished almost 28 minutes behind Sunderland . Sunderland won by more than three minutes on Monday from Kevin Benavides of Argentina.

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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.

In the car race, the 40-year-old Villas-Boas was in 43rd position for team Toyota at the time of his accident. There was no word on whether the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham coach was staying in the competition.

Another Frenchman, Sebastien Loeb, won the car stage after dueling with defending champion and Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel.

Loeb and Peterhansel swapped checkpoint leads. Loeb finally led through the fourth and last checkpoint while Peterhansel, whose overall lead wasn't in trouble, stopped to change a tire hanging off the rim.

Loeb beat Carlos Sainz by 95 seconds, followed by Peterhansel for a Peugeot sweep of the podium.

Dakar leader Sainz penalized 10 minutes; stage canceled

  Dakar leader Sainz penalized 10 minutes; stage canceled Spanish Dakar leader Carlos Sainz was penalized 10 minutes on Monday for "potentially dangerous behaviour"The 55-year-old Peugeot driver was punished by the Dakar disciplinary committee over an incident with Dutch quad rider Kees Koolen, who accused him of hitting his vehicle and not stopping.

Andre Villas - Boas successfully completed his first Dakar Rally run on Saturday. The endurance race is famed for its treacherous conditions with many crashes incurred. British racer Sam Sunderland leads the motorcycle category and holds a 32-second lead.

SUNDERLAND CRASHES OUT : British biker Sam Sunderland (C) is assisted by medical staff after a crash during Stage 4 of the Dakar 2018, in and Image: AFP / Franck Fife. San Juan De Marcona, Peru - British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland abandoned his Dakar Rally title defense on the fourth

Peterhansel leads overall by 6:55 over Loeb.

The former champions who started the day second and third overall dropped out of title contention.

Cyril Despres, the five-time champion on a bike who was lying second in a car, had a broken rear wheel after hitting a rock at about 180 kilometers, and his rally appeared over.

Nasser Al-Attiyah, the two-time champion who won stages one and three, became stuck in sand three times and fell almost an hour off the pace.

Also, Nani Roma, a winner in the car and bike categories, didn't start the stage after crashing at the end of the third on Monday. He was airlifted to a Lima hospital with head and neck injuries. His X-Raid team said he suffered no fractures.

U.S. urges railroads to quickly install anti-crash safety system .
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urged the nation's railroads and transit agencies to "take all possible measures" to meet deadlines to install a safety system called positive train control to prevent crashes. Letters dated Dec. 27, which were made public on Tuesday, said Chao wanted railroads to "greatly accelerate" efforts to meet congressional deadlines. A deadly Amtrak crash last month near Seattle that killed three occurred on a section of track that did not have the positive train control system operating.The system is designed to prevent derailments caused by excessive speed.

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