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Spain's Sainz wins again in Dakar Rally

Spain's Sainz wins again in Dakar Rally

Spain's two-time rally world champion Carlos Sainz further extended his overall lead in the Dakar Rally here on Tuesday as he won the 476km 10th stage around Copiapo.
Sainz, who was winning his sixth stage of this year's edition and fourth in a row, beat home U.S. driver Robby Gordon, and was 7min 39sec ahead of his American Volkswagen team-mate Mark Miller.
Spanish rider Jordi Viladoms, on a KTM, won the motorbike section, finishing 1min 06sec ahead of Franco-Malian rider Alain Duclos (KTM) and 8:29 ahead of Portuguese biker Helder Rodriguez, also on a KTM.
Viladoms' compatriot Marc Coma retained the overall lead and increased his lead over second placed rider David Fretigne of France despite finishing 12min 17sec behind the stage winner.
Meanwhile, Spanish rider Cristobal Guerrero was in a coma on Tuesday after a heavy fall in the 10th stage of the rally, organizers said and a scan showed that his life was at risk.
Guerrero, riding a KTM, fell at around the 160km of the 430km stage and was taken to Copiapo hospital where he underwent a scan.
The scan according to doctors at the hospital did not give cause for optimism for the 48-year-old father of two, who was in 76th place overall on his first Dakar.
"After undergoing scans doctors assessed his condition to be critical," read a statement from the race organizers.
Organizers of the Dakar Rally also canceled yesterday's 11th stage on Tuesday because of the predicted adverse weather conditions.