Carlos Sainz takes Dakar lead

Updated: January 8, 2014, 4:38 PM ET
Associated Press

CHILECITO, Argentina -- Carlos Sainz of Spain won Wednesday's fourth stage of the Dakar Rally and moved into first place in the overall standings in the car division.

Sainz finished the stage 6:04 ahead of 11-time champion Stephane Peterhansel of France and 8:58 in front of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar. Sainz leads fellow Spaniard Nani Roma by 2:06 in the overall standings. Peterhansel is 18:10 behind in fifth place.

In bikes, Juan Pedrero of Spain won the stage, 29 seconds ahead of Francisco Lopez of Chile and with a 3:10 advantage on fellow Spaniard Marc Coma. Joan Barreda Bort of Spain kept the overall lead. Coma is 3:10 behind, and Lopez is 5:12 off the pace.

Thursday's stage goes north from Chilecito to Tucuman. The rally finishes Jan. 18 in Valapariso, Chile.


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