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Al-Attiyah cuts 3min off Peterhansel’s lead in Dakar Rally

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Nasser Al-Attiyah’s warning on Sunday paid off on Monday when he gained on Dakar Rally chief Stephane Peterhansel by three minutes.Al-Attiyah cracked the whip on the eighth stage from Sakaka to Neom in northern Saudi Arabia, a day after a marathon stage. The Qatari received it, his fifth stage win of this Dakar. Defending champion Carlos Sainz was second, and Peterhansel third after shedding his means twice on the finish of the 375-kilometer (233-mile) particular.“It’s really complicated to do a full Dakar without a mistake,” Peterhansel stated. “For the moment, it’s just a small one. I hope that it will be the only one until the end.”Al-Attiyah has received a stage for 14 consecutive Dakars and reached 40 in his profession, third within the race historical past solely to Peterhansel (47) and Ari Vatanen (50).Drama fell upon native hope Razeed Al-Rajhi, the Sunday stage winner who misplaced an hour to a mechanical downside, and former world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, who dropped out after two punctures within the first 80 kilometers. He had no extra spares.Overall, Peterhansel’s lead over Al-Attiyah was reduce to four minutes, 50 seconds. Sainz was 39 minutes again in third and not one of the different racers have been inside 1 1/2 hours of the lead.In the motorcycle race, Jose Ignacio Cornejo of Chile received the stage Toby Price of Australia by a minute, and that’s how they stood general, too.Sam Sunderland, fourth on the stage, was third general, six minutes behind. The prime three had a very good break on the remaining, together with Kevin Benavides, Joan Barreda, and defending champion Ricky Brabec, 18 minutes again.Price and Barreda traded the lead all through the stage, however Ignacio Cornejo prevailed proper on the finish. That’s the place Xavier de Soultrait, who began the day fourth general, suffered a nasty fall and needed to be airlifted to a hospital.”With four days to go the plan is the same as it is now: Try to ride as fast as we can, don’t get lost, don’t crash and take care of the bike,” Ignacio Cornejo said.Story continuesThe rally ends on Friday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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