Dakar Rally: Barreda extends lead with stage three win

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Dakar Rally: Barreda extends lead with stage three win

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Joan Barreda continues to dominated the early stages of the Dakar rally in South American.

The Spaniard enjoyed his second victory this year after claiming stage three from San Rafael to San Juan in Argentina.

After also winning the opening stage he now boasts a lead of more than 13’ minutes over French reigning champion and five time winner Cyril Despres who was second on the day and moved up six places in the classification.

Spain’s Marc Coma was third and is also third in the overall standings just under a minute further adrift.

One of the major casualties of the day was Ruben Faria of Portugal who crashed out with the finish line almost in sight. Although he was airlifted to a local hospital he suffered no serious injuries.

The 2014 Dakar campaign for last year’s runner-up, however, is now over.

It was a mixed day for the Mini’s in teh car category.

Spain’s Nani Roma won the stage and with the win took control of the general standings at the expense of his teammate and 11-time champion Stephane Peterhansel who was 29th on Tuesday and falls down to fifth overall at over 24 minutes off the pace.