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12 Jan 2011 10:24
Carlos Sainz of Volkswagen won the ninth stage of the car section of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday, a 235km special around Copiapo in northern Chile, the Spaniard closing in on overall leader and teammate Nasser al-Attiyah.
Sainz trimmed one minute, 56 seconds off al-Attiyah’s lead to close the gap to 3min 18sec.
American rider Jonah Street won the ninth stage in the motorcycling category.
The Yamaha rider finished the 235km special stage over three-and-a-half minutes ahead of Dutchman Frans Verhoeven on a BMW.
In the race for overall winner, Frenchman Cyril Despres made up some ground on Spanish leader Marc Coma, as he reduced his overall lead by over a minute, though he still trails by over eight minutes.—Sapa-AFP
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