Dakar rally: Peterhansel secures third win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel secured his third victory of the Dakar Rally on Monday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:47 IST
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On the bikes Italy's Fabrizio Meoni came in second place of the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday in a loop beginning and ending in Atar, Mauritania. But it was Cyril Despres of France who won the stage - his first stage of the race - finishing in 5:28:26. He was 10:08 ahead of Meoni, who was followed 12:24 later by Spain's Isidre Esteve. Despres moved into the overall lead for the motorbike event, with Meoni 9:13 behind. Tragic death But the day was marred with tragedy with the death of Spanish motorcyclist Jose Manuel Perez. Perez was injured in the event last week and died at a hospital in Alicante, Spain, on Monday. After an accident last Thursday on the rally's seventh stage in Mauritania, surgeons removed his spleen and kidney. But the 40-year-old developed a fever and died. Kleinschmidt third In the cars Jutta Kleinschmidt of Germany came in third 30:19 off the pace. Next came former champion downhill skier and fellow Frenchman Luc Alphand with 1:27 behind. But it was Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel who came out victorious finishing the 483-kilometre (300-mile) leg in five hours, 22 minutes and 58 seconds. Peterhansel remains the race's overall leader, with a total time of 28:08:55. Alphand is 21:28 behind. The Dakar Rally will cover 8,956 kilometres (5,566 miles) from Barcelona, Spain, to Dakar, Senegal, including 5,431 kilometres (3,375 miles) of competitive special stages. The race ends on January 16. (AP)

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