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2014-01-16 05:16

GRIT, AND MORE TRUE GRIT: Toyota oair Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz take on yet another dune during Stage 10 of the 2014 Dakar Rally. The were 4th on the stage. Image: AFP

ANTOFAGASTA, Chile - France's Dakar Rally legend Stephane Peterhansel (Mini) took a huge step towards winning the 2014 race for a 12th time after finishing second in Wednesday's 10th stage.

South African pair Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota Hilux) have also changed places – they are now fourth overall after finishing fourth on Stage 10 though an hour and a quarter behind overall leader Nani Roma.

Peterhansel, six times a winner in the motorcycle section and five times in the cars event, finished second on Stage 10 in his Mini in the stage behind Qatar's former winner Nasser al-Attiyah (Mini) to move to just over two minutes behind Nani Roma.


For al-Attiyah it was a second stage win in three days but the 46-year-old Peterhansel celebrated eating further into Roma's lead. He trailed the Spaniard by 40min after Stage 5 but made significant moves on Tuesday and Wednesday and, with only three stages remaining, appears to have the momentum.

Earlier, Spanish rally great Carlos Sainz abandoned the race after crashing and injuring himself. The 51-year-old double World Rally champion and winner of the Dakar in 2010 was taken to the rally medical centre and his SMG race vehicle was badly damaged.
Sainz, nicknamed ‘The Matador' for his aggressive style of driving, was way off the pace even before the stage, trailing compatriot Roma by 3hrs28.


Spanish rider Joan Barreda won a third stage of this year's edition but remains a long shot to win the rally itself. The 30-year-old Honda rider, who finished second in the two previous stages, remains second in the overall standings, almost 45min behind compatriot Marc Coma, who was fifth on the day.

Barreda, winner of four stages in 2013, finished in front of Portuguese veteran Helder Rodrigues while five-times Dakar winner Cyril Despres of France was third.

Despres' chances of a sixth win evaporated when he had engine trouble in Stage 4 and is sixth overall but almost two-and-a-half hours behind the leader.

2014 Dakar Rally results after Wednesday's Stage 10, a 688km ride from Iquique to Antofagasta in Chile with 631km timed:

1 Nasser al-Attiyah (QAT/Mini) +4hr23min35
2 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA/Mini) +3min50
3 Nani Roma (ESP/Mini) +13min45
4 Giniel de Villiers (RSA/Toyota) +28min15
5 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL/Mini) +31min13
6 Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS/Mini) +33min22
7 Orlando Terranova (ARG/Mini) +33min48
8 Lucio Alvarez (ARG/Ford) +43min01
9 Federico Villagra (ARG/Mini) +45min06
10 Christian Lavieille (FRA/Haval) +49min34.

1 Nani Roma (ESP/Mini) +38hr52min57
2 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA/Mini) +2min15
3 Nasser al-Attiyah (QAT/Mini) +46min01
4 Giniel de Villiers (RSA/GER/Toyota) +1hr14min16
5 Orlando Terranova (ARG/Mini) +1hr14min36
6 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL/Mini) +3hr17min31
7 Marek Dabrowski (POL/Toyota) +4hr03min57
8 Christian Lavieille (FRA/Haval) +4hr32min45
9 Adam Malysz (POL/Toyota) +4hr51min03
10 Martin Kaczmarski (POL/Mini) +5hr33min54

1 Joan Barreda (ESP/Honda) +4hr42min00
2 Helder Rodrigues (POR/Honda) +8min
3 Cyril Despres (FRA/Yamaha) +9min40
4 Olivier Pain (FRA/Yamaha) +11min11
5 Marc Coma (ESP/KTM) +11min26
6 Kuba Przygonski (POL/KTM) +15min08
7 Stefan Svitko (SVK/KTM) +15min14
8 Javier Pizzolito (ARG/Honda) +16min58
9 Ivan Jakes (SVK/KTM) +18min17
10 Daniel Gouet (CHI/Honda) +19min21

1 Marc Coma (ESP/KTM) +41hr48min33
2 Joan Barreda (ESP/Honda) +44min10
3 Jordi Viladoms (ESP/KTM) +2hr02min03
4 Olivier Pain (FRA/Yamaha) +2hr16min12
5 Helder Rodrigues (POR/Honda) +2hr21min16
6 Cyril Despres (FRA/Yamaha) +2hr28min27
7 Kuba Przygonski (POL/KTM) +2hr29min15
8 Daniel Gouet (CHI/Honda) +3hr05min54
9 Stefan Svitko (SVK/KTM) +3hr33min07
10 David Casteu (FRA/KTM) +3hr41min54


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