Dakar 2018: Bikes champion Sunderland out of rally while in Peru

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The 330km special stage in Peru saw the field start in groups on a beach before heading into a demanding 100km stretch of sand dunes, taking competitors over 2000m above sea level for the first time on this year's event, before finishing back in San Juan de Marcona.

He got going after nearly half an hour at a standstill, but his Peugeot was soon stuck again and lost another two hours waiting for assistance.

"The auto was going really well". "We got stuck once and managed to get going again". When we arrived in the dunes, I had the opportunity to come back.

Peterhansel, Loeb's team-mate who had been almost seven minutes clear on Tuesday and heading for a record 14th Dakar win, took the stage to extend his lead over Carlos Sainz to 31 minutes and 16 seconds. Carlos Sainz stood second in stage 4 while Peterhansel was the second runner up. Stephane Peterhansel of France and copilot Jean Paul Cottret of France drive their Peugeot.


"At the first dunes, we went into a big hole and got stuck for 30 minutes, before it happened a second time. They did an wonderful job to replace our gearbox in just twenty minutes - but that meant that we'd lost even more time".

TreasuryOne Volkswagen Amarok privateer Hennie de Klerk enjoyed a positive day in the sand, bringing it home 37th for the day to move up one place to 33rd overall, while navigator Rob Howie was 16th after guiding Lucio Alvares home.

In the motorbike race, Spain's Joan Barreda Bort of Honda clocked 3:19:42 to win the stage, but Frenchman Adrien van Beveren of Yahama still leads the overall classification despite a disappointing fifth place on Wednesday. The Indian rider gained 40 positions on his overnight ranking of 98 and completed the day in 56th place (stage and overall).

After getting back into contention yesterday, disaster struck for Nasser Al-Attiyah who lost more than 30 minutes to the leaders. It will also be the longest stage yet with 774 km to cover including the liaison.

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