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Dakar Rally: Sunderland takes maiden bike win as Peterhansel restores order

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Dakar Rally: Sunderland takes maiden bike win as Peterhansel restores order

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Britain’s Sam Sunderland tasted victory for the first time in the Dakar Rally on Monday when he won stage two from San Luis to San Rafael in Argentina.

The 23-year old Englishman produced a confident and masterful ride over the special stage to hand Honda two wins from the first two outings.

Chilean Francisco Lopez Contardo was second ahead of Spain’s stage one winner Juan Barreda, who remains at the summit of the overall standings just over two minutes clear of Contardo.

Reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel of France bounced back from a opening day sixth place finish to win stage two in the car category.

The 11-times champion in cars and bikes combined steered his Mini across the line 46 seconds clear of Spanish veteran Carlos Sainz.

South African Giniel De Villiers was a distant third at five minutes and 34 seconds while compatriot Nani Roma was fourth.

Peterhansel leads the general standings 28 seconds clear of Sainz ahead of stage three from San Rafael to San Juan.