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Loeb extends his lead at Monte Carlo Rally

Last updated 06:52 18/01/2013

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Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb won two of Thursday's eight stages to take extend his overall lead on the second day of the Monte Carlo Rally.

Loeb, competing in one of only four races the Frenchman will contest this season after going into semi-retirement, has won six of the past seven Monte Carlo Rallies and looks set for another triumph. The Citroen driver leads countryman Sebastien Ogier, who won the first stage of the day, by 1 minute, 34.8 seconds - adding nearly 15 seconds to his overnight lead over Ogier, who is also driving a Citroen.

"It's incredible how much snow there was today," Loeb said. "You really had to ensure you kept the car steady on a steady line."

Spaniard Daniel Sordo climbed from fourth place overall to third in his Citroen but is 2:38 behind Loeb.

Loeb won't secure a 10th straight world title as he will race only in Sweden, Argentina and France this year after Monte Carlo.

Evgeny Novikov of Russia won two stages in his Ford to move up from sixth overall to fourth.

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