Sport Peterhansel's Dakar hopes grind to halt, Sainz grabs lead

00:05  14 january  2018
00:05  14 january  2018 Source:   AFP

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.

Bolivia - Stephane Peterhansel ' s hopes of a 14th Dakar title suffered a potential fatal blow on Saturday when his race- leading Peugeot was hit by a suspension failure which left him stranded for an hour and 45 minutes. Peterhansel , bidding for a third successive triumph on four wheels, came to a halt after

The Frenchman, bidding for a third successive triumph on four wheels, came to a halt after 186km of the run from the Bolivian capital of La Paz to Uyuni. Dakar Rally News. Peterhansel struggles, Sainz grabs lead .

Peugeot's driver Stephane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean Paul Cottret of France compete during 2018 Dakar Rally Stage 6 between Arequipa and La Paz, Bolivia, on January 11, 2018© Provided by AFP Peugeot's driver Stephane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean Paul Cottret of France compete during 2018 Dakar Rally Stage 6 between Arequipa and La Paz, Bolivia, on January 11, 2018

Stephane Peterhansel's hopes of a 14th Dakar title suffered a potential fatal blow on Saturday when his race-leading Peugeot was hit by a suspension failure which left him stranded for an hour and 45 minutes.

The Frenchman, bidding for a third successive triumph on four wheels, came to a halt after 186km of the run from the Bolivian capital of La Paz to Uyuni.

According to his team, the damage was caused when he hit a stone as he tried to get past a motorcycle competitor.

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.

Dakar Rally legend Stephane Peterhansel took a decisive step towards a 12th title during a drama-filled 10th stage, which proved costly for Carlos Sainz . But his hopes of victory were dashed when his Peugeot came to a grinding halt around 30km from the finish.

He continued to set the pace after the road section, and more than doubled his lead by the time he arrived at the finish line. Settling for runner-up on Thursday, 13-time Dakar champion Peterhansel will head into the La Paz rest day with a 27-minute advantage over Sainz .

Teammate Cyril Despres stopped to help his stricken compatriot who was leading the stage at the time of the accident.

When Peterhansel eventually resumed the stage, his other Peugeot teammate Carlos Sainz, the 2010 champion, had sprinted past on his way to taking the day's honours.

Sainz finished in 4hr 49min 26sec, with the Toyotas of South Africa's Giniel de Villiers and Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah -- at 12min 05sec and 14min 19sec respectively -- behind him.

Spain's Joan Barreda, riding a Honda, claimed his third stage win on this year's Dakar as France's Adrien van Beveren, on a Yamaha, reclaimed the overall motorcycle lead.

Barreda finished the seventh stage with a 2min 51sec advantage over Van Beveren and 8min 02sec in front of Argentina's Kevin Benavides, the Honda rider who had led the race overnight.

Van Beveren leads the event with a 3min 14sec advantage over Benavides while he has a 4min 45sec gap on Barreda.

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