Robby Gordon in 10th place

Updated: January 13, 2010, 5:11 PM ET
Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Carlos Sainz had two tire punctures and lost more than half of his lead time as the Dakar Rally left Chile and returned to Argentina on Wednesday.

A day after winning his first stage, Sainz finished ninth on the 137-mile route from Santiago across the Andes to San Juan. Sainz's lead of more than 10 minutes was cut to just 4:28 ahead of Volkswagen teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah with three stages to go before the rally ends on Saturday in Buenos Aires.

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