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Sainz and Coma retain Dakar lead

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Sainz and Coma retain Dakar lead


Competitors of the Dakar rally resumed racing on Sunday and Volkwagon began the second half of the event in top gear with Nasser Al Attiyah winning the shortened Stage Seven between Arica and Antofagasta in northern Chile.

The Qatari driver completed the 208km route in just under two hours and 21 seconds, reducing the lead of overall pacesetter Spanish veteran Carlos Sainz.

Sainz finished second a minute and 20 seconds adrift while South African Giniel de Villiers made it a Volkswagon one-two-three.

Marc Coma of Spain finished the stage in third place to remain in control of the bike discipline.

But he did have his lead nibbled away at by defending champion Cyril Despres after the Frenchman ended the stage second a minute and 24 seconds in front of his rival.

Local star Francisco Lopez won the dune stage, which for the majority of competitors in all categories caused quite a few headaches.

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