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Britain's Sunderland wins stage five of Dakar Rally

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By Euronews
Britain's Sunderland wins stage five of Dakar Rally

Britain’s Sam Sunderland took over at the top of the Dakar Rally bikes standings on Friday after winning stage five.

The day’s ride from Tupiza to Oruro in Bolivia was shortened to 219 kilometre due to poor weather.

Sunderland made the best of it to cross over ahead of Portugal’s Paulo Goncalves who was second at seven minutes and seven seconds.

Sunderland leads the bikes standings 12 minutes ahead of Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla.

Nine-time world rally champion Sebastian Loeb won the stage in the car category.

Former champion Nani Roma crossed over in second place while multiple Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel moved into the overall lead after finishing in third place.

Peterhansel is seeking a seventh Dakar title and now leads Loeb by one minute and nine seconds overall.