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The Dakar Rally claims another victim

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Belgian rider Eric Palante has died during the Dakar Rally in Argentina. The 50-year-old’s body was found at kilometre 143 along the fifth stage of the race between Chilecito and Tucuman.

Palante is the 23rd competitor to die in the rally since it was first staged in 1978, while more than 50 have died overall, including spectators and journalists.

The sixth stage was won by France’s Alain Duclos, the 42-year-old’s first triumph for eight years when it was still held in Africa.

Duclos edged out three-time champion Marc Coma by 75 seconds, with the Spaniard still leading the overall standings ahead of Joan Barreda.

In the car category, France’s Stephane Peterhansel, an 11-time winner, held his nerve to beat team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah with Argentina’s Orlando Terranova completing the podium.