Sainz wins Dakar stage; Peterhansel keeps overall lead

Updated: January 10, 2006, 6:01 PM ET
Associated Press

KAYES, Mali -- Spain's Carlos Sainz won the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally, which moved from the desert nation of Mauritania to neighboring Mali on Tuesday.

Sainz finished the 283-kilometer trek from the Mauritanian town of Kiffa to Kayes in 3 hours, 28 minutes, 34 seconds. Spain's Nani Roma was second, 4:08 behind, and overall leader Stephane Peterhansel of France was third.

Peterhansel leads the overall race with a time of 38:09:58. Former ski champion Luck Alphand is in second, 40:04 behind, with South Africa's Giniel de Villiers in third, 1:03:17 off the lead.

Competitors in the motorcycle category agreed that Tuesday's 10th stage would not be timed to honor Australian biker Andy Caldecott, who died in a crash Monday. The 41-year-old, who was married with one child, became the 23rd competitor to die in the rally's 28 years.

Spain's Marc Coma leads the motorcycle race at 38:49:15, followed by French rider Cyril Depres, 22:47 behind.

The Dakar Rally race takes more than 1,400 drivers on a 9,043-kilometer route from Lisbon, Portugal, to the Senegalese capital. Racers compete in cars, trucks, ATVs and motorcycles.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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