Dakar Rally: Nani Roma leads after three stages as Stephane Peterhansel punctures
Last Updated: 08/01/14 10:34pm
Stephane Peterhansel: Undone by the terrain
Spaniard Nani Roma moved into the Dakar Rally lead with victory in the third stage on Tuesday as favourite Stephane Peterhansel suffered a nightmare day.
Frenchman Peterhansel began the day in the overall lead following his victory in Monday's second stage, but punctured six times as he came home in 28th place, more than 28 minutes down on Roma.
Poland's Krzysztof Holowczyc came in second over a minute down with South African Leroy Poulter third at 3mins 19secs.
"I've never known a Dakar stage like this one," said a frustrated Peterhansel. "It was a nightmare today. We punctured six times! Unfortunately we opened on the course and we paid for it.
"Unfortunately, as we were the first car, we cleared the track for the rest behind. We were thrown into the lion's den but I can't see how we could have done anything differently.
"We couldn't have imagined that in clearing a path in the vegetation we'd get three punctures out of four."
In the motorcycle section, Spaniard Joan Barreda on a Honda increased his overall lead by winning the third stage, a 130km timed special.
Frenchman Cyril Despres on a Yamaha came in second with Spain's Marc Coma third on a KTM.
Those three remain in those exact positions in the overall standings.
It was a particularly physically demanding course for the motorcyclists despite the length of the stage being reduced due to heavy rain.