Peterhansel stays top after eventful Dakar fourth stage

Dakar Rally- 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally- 40th Dakar Edition stage four San Juan de Marcona to San Juan de Marcona- January

Dakar Rally- 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally- 40th Dakar Edition stage four San Juan de Marcona to San Juan de Marcona- January

Chile's Ignacio Casale (Casale Racing) took his third straight stage in the quads, while Argentine driver Federico Villagra (Iveco) won the stage to move up to second overall behind Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz) of Russian Federation.

Australian rider Toby Price lost 13 minutes on the Yamaha rider but now sits sixth overall, just 10 minutes adrift, after his five minute penalty handed out at the end of Stage 3 was rescinded by officials. Carlos Sainz stood second in stage 4 while Peterhansel was the second runner up.

"At the first dunes, we went into a big hole and got stuck for 30 minutes, before it happened a second time".

Behind the Peugeot pair, ten Brinke has now moved up to third, the Dutchman having outpaced his Dakar-winning Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates.

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"We thought by starting in a group it would be like a nice day out riding with your friends but as soon as we got to the dunes, the going got really tough".

"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".

Nasser Al-Attiyah, had a bummer of a day with his Gazoo Toyota getting stuck in the dunes twice making him lose nearly an hour in terms of overall standings. We lost pressure in one of the tires.

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- 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.

Van Beveren had a rough day in the dunes, finishing fifth on the stage behind Walkner's team-mate Antoine Meo, 14 minutes behind Barreda Bort and lucky to hold into his overall lead. The Kamaz driver leads the overall classification by 58:05 over Federico Villagra of De Rooy.

Santosh made a decision to play it safe and steady as the rally neared the halfway mark to finish the stage at 52nd position.

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