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Sunderland out of Dakar Rally, Villas-Boas crashes

Sunderland out of Dakar Rally, Villas-Boas crashes

We were following Al-Attiyah and saw him go over, so we did the same, but I hadn't realised there was a hole behind the crest.

In the auto category, Peugeot's Sebastien Loeb raced to his first stage win of 2018 but the day was a disaster for Toyota, with chief challenger Nasser Al-Attiyah losing nearly an hour. Sainz, also in a Peugeot and a double world rally champion, got bogged down in the dunes early on and was 18 minutes behind Peterhansel at the finish.

Stage 4 wasn't a test that Loeb was supposed to win; the dunes and off-piste navigation were meant to favour the more experienced Dakar runners.

In the 5th stage, the organisers separated the route for the Quads/Bikes and Cars/Trucks.

The former champions who started the day second and third overall dropped out of title contention.

"Luckily the stage was divided into two sections", said Al-Attiyah, "and we were able to catch up with our technical crew between the sections".

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Toyota's Dakar hoodoo struck again on Stage 4, both Al-Attiyah and Giniel De Villiers losing many minutes. "We are doing a good job at the moment though".

It was a nice day for team Peugeot which managed to clock the top three for the second time in this race with Stephane Peterhansel still leading the charge, six minutes ahead of Loeb.

TreasuryOne Volkswagen Amarok privateer Hennie de Klerk enjoyed a positive day in the sand, bringing it home 37th for the day to move up one place to 33rd overall, while navigator Rob Howie was 16th after guiding Lucio Alvares home. Overall, Mena now stands at the 21st position at the end of stage 5. "The stage was tough, especially the last 50km or so", Santosh said.

- Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel doubled his lead in the Dakar Rally to almost seven minutes on Tuesday after an eventful fourth stage that claimed last year's motorcycle victor Sam Sunderland.

Further up the order Adrien van Beveren swept to another stage victory for the factory Yamaha squad by five minutes from team-mate Xavier de Soultrait. van Beveren now leads the overall classification by 1m55s from Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla with Honda's Kevin Benavides in third 3m15s off of the Yamaha rider. The KTM rider has been transported by medical helicopter to the bivouac after being ruled out of finishing the fourth stage. He finished the stage at 33 position, which now places him at 24 positions in the overall rankings.