Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Loeb wins Dakar fourth stage, Sunderland out injured

Loeb wins Dakar fourth stage, Sunderland out injured

The result lifted Loeb to second in the overall standings, just under seven minutes behind Peterhansel.

40th Dakar Edition stage three, Pisco to San Juan de Marcona - January 8, 2018.

The Englishman continued on but the pain, plus a loss of sensation in his legs, saw him stop and request medical assistance. His X-Raid team said he suffered no fractures.

"He said that the feeling in his legs has returned".

In a twist of fate, Stage 4 last year was when then-reigning victor Price crashed out of the event, misfortune striking KTM's champion on the same day two years in a row. "It was really hard and a insane day". "They did an wonderful job to replace our gearbox in just twenty minutes - but that meant that we'd lost even more time".

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.

"We started the stage today on the beach".

Fellow Australian Rodney Faggotter moved into the top 20 overall on a day his factory Yamaha teammates celebrated. Honda rider Kevin Benavides of Argentina is 1 minute behind Van Beveren after five stages. I tried to push myself hard and did all I could and so I managed to cross a lot of riders. When we arrived in the dunes, I had the opportunity to come back.

Sam Sunderland's Dakar Rally title defence is over.

In the toughest physical day of the rally so far, the leaderboard was shaken with many pre-race favorites coming into difficulty.

Nine-times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb withdrew from the Dakar Rally on Wednesday while defending champion Stephane Peterhansel stretched his lead after the last full stage in Peru.

The rally's new overall leader is Frenchman Adrian van Beveren, who won the stage.

Peugeot's Sebastien Loeb during Stage 4 of the 2018 Dakar Rally.

After getting back into contention yesterday, disaster struck for Nasser Al-Attiyah who lost more than 30 minutes to the leaders.

Toyota endured a hellish fourth stage with two-time Dakar victor Nasser Al-Attiyah and team-mate Giniel de Villiers both stopping on the course for separate issues and lost a huge chunk of time.

The Qatari driver stopped his Hilux twice on the stage, eventually losing a total of 54 minutes to Loeb.

With the WRC legend ruled out, his Peugeot teammates Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz were left standing as the two frontrunners in the vehicle class, and it was the former who bolstered his chances with a strong time through Wednesday's test.

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