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Peterhansel leads Dakar after Sainz breaks down

Updated: January 7, 2013, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

NAZCA, Peru -- Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel was back in front of the Dakar Rally in the Peruvian dunes on Monday, a day after officials rubbed out his stage two win and overall lead.

Peterhansel finished third on the third stage from Pisco to Nazca and it was good enough to lead overall from stage winner Nasser Al-Attiyah. The Qatari started the day seventh and rose to second by cutting four minutes off Peterhansel's lead to trail by 6 minutes, 33 seconds.

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