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Spanish double as Sainz and Coma take Dakar stages

Spanish double as Sainz and Coma take Dakar stages

Spain's two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz extended his overall lead in the car section of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday when he won the 10th stage, a 238km special from La Serena.
Earlier his compatriot Marc Coma had won his second successive motorcycling stage.
Sainz extended his overnight lead to over 10 minutes as his second-placed Volkswagen team-mate Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah could finish only fourth in the stage, 1min 40sec in arrears.
Sainz, who once had a trial with Real Madrid as a goalkeeper, was satisfied with his day's work.
"80km after the start we caught up with Nasser. What I did was to first to get close to Nasser and then I stayed at around 1:40. After that from the 80km mark we were driving in the dust."
Al-Attiyah for his part was relieved to have finished the stage.
"It was very dangerous at that speed," said the 39-year-old, who finished fourth in the skeet shooting event at the 2004 Olympics.
"Carlos caught up with us with around 50km to go but its okay I am happy with today (Tuesday). It's normal when you start the stage in first that you lose a lot of time. "
French driver Stephane Peterhansel, who has recovered well since he lost over two hours on one stage and any chance of winning outright, was second on the stage 28sec behind while Volkswagen driver Mark Miller of the United States remained in third overall after finishing third 1min 2sec in arrears.
Coma, who is out of contention for the overall title having been penalised six hours over the weekend, beat Frenchman David Fretigne by 2min 6sec.
Another Frenchman, Cyril Despres, who was sixth on the stage over six minutes in arrears, remains the clear overall leader.
Despres admitted that he had ridden conservatively with one eye on his overall lead.
"We could easily have lost the overall lead, so I protected my lead," he said.
"That said I wasn't just taking it easy either. For me there was no need to go on the attack."
The battle for the remaining podium places looks set to be intense in the remaining four stages ahead of the finish in Buenos Aires.
Chilean Francisco Lopez - winner of two stages - gained over two minutes on overall second-placed Pal Ullevalseter of Norway, who has a slender lead of under two minutes over him.
Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues, who was third in the stage, is less than a minute behind Lopez in the overall standings.


Updated : 2021-10-20 05:37 GMT+08:00