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Dakar Rally: Spaniards dominate stage four with wins for Sainz and Pedrero

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Dakar Rally: Spaniards dominate stage four with wins for Sainz and Pedrero

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Carlos Sainz won stage four of the Dakar Rally from San Juan to Chilecito in Argentina.

The Spanish 2010 winner and current overall leader set a blistering pace on the day and crossed over the line for his 26th Dakar win.

Stéphane Peterhansel – an 11-time champion in bikes and cars combined – was second on the day but still trails in the standings in fifth place just over 18 minutes behind Sainz.

Spain’s Nani Roma is second overall but lost time after a fifth place finish on the day.

Juan Pedrero claimed his maiden win in the bike category.

He made it over the line just 29 seconds clear of Chilean Francisco López on a KTM.

2011 champion and Lopez’s teammate Marc Coma of Spain was third while overall leader Joan Barreda lost precious time due to a navigational error and now holds a slim 3 minute and ten second lead over Coma.

Five-time winner and defending two-time champion Cyril Despres of France had a disastrous day and conceded over 40 minutes on his rivals.