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Marc Coma recovered from his navigational error on Tuesday to win stage four of the Dakar rally and close the gap on overall leader Cyril Despres. The Spanish reigning champion completed the day’s trek from San Juan to Chilecito in Argentina two minutes ahead of his traditional rival.

Despres still has a firm grip on the overall standings and heads into stage five with an eight minute and ten second advantage over Coma.

It was another great day for the minis in the car category. Dakar rally legend Stephane Peterhansel started the day in fifth place but after a superb drive the Frenchman took the stage win and with it the overall lead.

Defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah struggled badly in the dunes in his Hummer. With 40 kilometres to the line the Qatari driver needed assistance from his team-mates before driving home just over 26 minutes off the pace.

Peterhansel now leads South African Giniel de Villiers by five minutes overall heading into stage five

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