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Dakar Rally rolls into Argentina without racing

Dakar Rally rolls into Argentina without racing

After stressing through the rugged Atacama Desert, Dakar Rally competitors relaxed on Wednesday by cruising back over the Andes into Argentina thanks to a canceled 11th stage.
Rally organizers abandoned the stage the night before because of expected dense fog throughout the 215-kilometer (134-mile) route from Copiapo, Chile to Fiambala, Argentina.
The caravan of cars, motorbikes, trucks and quad bikes rolled through the San Francisco Pass, at 4,700 meters (15,400 feet), the highest the rally has ever reached.
The rally will head back into dunes on Thursday, in a 12th stage that snakes 253 kilometers (157 miles) from Fiambala to La Rioja.
Carlos Sainz, after four successive stage wins, leads a Volkswagen-dominated car race by more than 27 minutes over teammate Mark Miller of the United States, with another teammate, Giniel De Villiers of South Africa, 41:13 back in third.
With the rally ending on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Sainz must be favored to win his first Dakar at his third attempt. The two-time world rally champion from Spain had Michel Perin as his co-pilot.
Marc Coma of Spain, the 2006 champion who has led the motorbikes since the start, enjoyed an hour-and-a-half-lead over Frenchmen David Fretigne and defending champion Cyril Despres.


Updated : 2021-08-04 23:03 GMT+08:00