Nani Roma into Dakar lead as Peterhansel slips

12:27, Jan 08 2014
Dakar Rally
STREAKING AHEAD: Nani Roma of Spain won the third stage of the Dakar Rally, which also pulled him into the overall lead in the car division.

Nani Roma of Spain won the third stage of the Dakar Rally, which also pulled him into the overall lead in the car division.

Roma, driving a Mini, finished 1:07 ahead of Krzysztof Holowczyc of Poland and 3:19 in front of Leeroy Poulter of South Africa. Roma leads the overall car standings by 9:06 over Orlando Terranova of Argentina and is 10 minutes ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar.

Eleven-time champion Stephane Peterhansel slipped to fifth in the overall standings, 24:08 behind the leader.

In bikes, Joan Barreda Bort of Spain took the overall lead with a victory in the third stage. Barreda Bort was 4:41 head of Cyril Despres of France and 6:56 in front of Marc Coma of Spain.

Barreda Bort leads Despres by 13:04 in the overall.

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