Caldecott, winner of third stage, dies in crash

Updated: January 9, 2006, 9:49 AM ET
Associated Press

KIFFA, Mauritania -- Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott was killed in a crash Monday during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally.

Organizers said the 41-year-old Caldecott crashed his KTM motorbike about 155 miles into the 371.4-mile stage from Nouakchott to Kiffa.

"He probably died straight away," race director Etienne Lavigne said.

Caldecott, winner of the third stage, was in 10th place overall.

Two motorcyclists died during last year's race. Caldecott, who became the 23rd competitor to die in the rally, was married with one child.

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