Joan Roma wins Dakar Rally 10th stage

Updated: January 11, 2012, 2:11 PM ET
Associated Press

ARICA, Chile -- Joan Roma of Spain won the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday ahead of Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel of France, who finished 21 seconds behind to extend his overall lead in the car category.

Peterhansel leads Roma by 19 minutes, 5 seconds. He's nearly 20 minutes ahead of American Robby Gordon, who was fourth in the 234-mile special stage.

In motorbikes, Joan Barreda Bort of Spain won with countryman and defending champion Marc Coma 1:32 back. Cyril Despres of France is 3:39 behind. Despres leads KMT teammate Coma overall by 21 seconds.

The rally moves into Peru on Thursday and ends Sunday in Lima.


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