Sainz extends overall Dakar Rally lead
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Carlos Sainz of Spain won the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday to extend his overall lead with four stages remaining in the two-week race across Argentina and Chile.
Sainz finished the 138-mile stage from La Serena to the Chilean capital of Santiago 28 seconds ahead of Stephane Peterhansel of France. He's 1:02 in front of Volkswagen teammate Mark Miller of the United States.
Sainz leads teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar by 10:06 in the overall standings. Miller is 28:19 back.
In motorbikes, Marc Coma won the stage. Cyril Despres of France finished sixth but holds a massive overall lead of 1:22:49 over Pal Anders Ullevalseter of Norway.
Hospital officials said Tuesday that Italian motorcyclist Luca Manca has improved following a life-threatening crash.
The 29-year-old Manca suffered serious head injuries when he fell from his bike last Thursday in northern Chile. He remains on a respirator in an induced coma.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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