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Al-Attiyah captures Stage 9 victory

Updated: January 11, 2010, 3:47 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar has won the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally, cutting into the overall lead of Carlos Sainz of Spain.

In the motorbike category, Marc Coma of Spain won the 210-mile stage from Copiapo to La Serena.

Monday's stage wrapped up almost a week in Chile's Atacama desert, one of the driest places on earth.

Al-Attiyah won in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 28 seconds, 5:59 ahead of Volkswagen teammate Sainz. Al-Attiyah's victory cut Sainz's overall lead ...

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