Peterhansel extends lead in Dakar

Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel extended his overall lead in the Dakar Rally despite finishing fourth on the 10th stage around Nema on Tuesday. Qatari Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah, driving a BMW, won the section ahead of Japan's Hiroshi Masuoka and USA's Mark Miller.

Peterhansel's closest challenger, Luc Alphand, was seventh, with third-placed Jean-Louis Schlesser out of the top 10.

Portugal's Helder Rodrigues won the bike section ahead of overall leader Marc Coma of Spain and Cyril Despres.

The stage win was Rodrigues' second of the race, following his victory in his home country on stage two.

However, Coma's second-place finish extended his overall lead from France's Despres to 54 minutes, 43 seconds.

Stage 10 result

1. Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah (QAT) BMW 3hr 49min 48sec
2. Hiroshi Masuoka (JPN) Mitsubishi 28
3. Mark Miller (USA) Volkswagen 1:49
4. Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) Mitsubishi 2:08
5. Carlos Sainz (ESP) Volkswagen 2:48
6. Luc Alphand (FRA) Mitsubishi 4:14
7. Jean-Louis Schlesser (FRA) Schlesser-Ford 7:26
8. Joan Nani Roma (ESP) Mitsubishi 8:29
9. Jutta Kleinschmidt (GER) BMW 18:25
10. Sergey Shmakov (RUS) 19:35

1. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha 4hr 12min 55sec
2. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM 44sec behind
3. Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM 51
4. Janis Vinters (LAT) KTM 2:53
5. David Casteu (FRA) KTM 4:41

Leading overall positions:

1. Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) Mitsubishi 37hr 35min 19sec
2. Luc Alphand (FRA) Mitsubishi 9:56
3. Jean-Louis Schlesser (FRA) Schlesser-Ford 1:30.50
4. Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah (QAT) BMW 2:00:13
5. Hiroshi Masuoka (JPN) Mitsubishi 2:12.04
6. Mark Miller (USA) Volkswagen 2:14.07
7. Robby Gordon (USA) Hummer 6:52.54
8. Stephane Henrard (BEL) Volkswagen 7:40.21
9. Carlos Sainz (ESP) Volkswagen 7:45.59
10. Benard Errandonea (FRA) Buggy 8:11.14

1. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM 40hr 55min 10sec
2. Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM 54:43
3. David Casteu (FRA) KTM 1hr 15min 12sec
4. Chris Blais (USA) KTM 1:40:37
5. Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR) KTM 2:12:20

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