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Caldecott, winner of third stage, dies in crash

1/9/2006

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.