Nasser Al-Attiyah won the first stage of the Dakar rally, despite being held up by an engine fire. Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel pulled up in twelfth place. Today the rally will continue on to Argentina.
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Peugeot completed another 1-2-3 finish in stage 10. Stephane Peterhansel, who initially came third after a crash that left a motorcyclist with a broken leg, was awarded the win and took the lead from Sebastien Loeb.
Sebastien Loeb took advantage of a stoppage for Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel to win Stage 8 and take the overall lead. However, a massive mudslide has forced the cancellation of the ninth stage.
Stephane Peterhansel said his latest Dakar win was the sweetest of his career as he held off the challenge of compatriot Sebastien Loeb to claim his 13th title. Peterhansel was 5min 13sec clear of Peugeot teammate Loeb.
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