Dakar Rally: Al-Atiyah wins third stage, Peterhansel back in overall lead
Last Updated: 08/01/13 11:41am
Nasser Al-Atiyah: Stage Three winner
Nasser Al-Atiyah took victory ahead of former team-mate Robby Gordon in the third stage of the Dakar Rally.
The Qatar Red Bull finished ahead of his old colleague's Hummer by one minute 18 seconds, moving him from seventh to second in the overall standings.
Stephane Peterhansel took third place, 3mins 52secs , at the end of the route from Pisco to Nazca, meaning he is back at the head of the field.
There was some disappointment for Peterhansel's X-Raid team, though, as team-mate Krzysztof Ho³owczyc was forced to pull out following a crash. The Pole suffered injuries to his back and ribs after his Mini hit a dune.
Carlos Sainz had been the overall leader after launching a complaint that Peterhansel be deducted time he'd spent looking for a waypoint during stage two.
However, the Spaniard slipped from the top after suffering mechnical problems on Monday, costing him around 30 minutes and dropping him all the way outside the top 10.
In the bikes, Cyril Despres took the overall lead ahead of Francisco Lopez, who claimed his second stage win of this year's race, and Pal Ullevalseter.