Sunderland, Al-Attiyah shine in Dakar 3rd stage

Dakar Rally leader Sam Sunderland airlifted to hospital by helicopter as he retires with frightening back injury

Briton Sunderland (Red Bull KTM), the defending champion, came back from a rough race on Sunday to finish first in the motorbike category for the second time in three stages and take a lead of almost five minutes over Argentina's Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda).

Loeb, who won Tuesday's fourth stage for Peugeot and was second overall, stopped five kilometres into the 266km fifth stage from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa, the last overnight stop before the rally enters Bolivia and the high-altitude stages. The result lifted Loeb to second in the overall standings, just under seven minutes behind Peterhansel.

Santosh made a decision to play it safe and steady as the rally neared the halfway mark to finish the stage at 52nd position.

Xavier De Soultrait rides along the beach during Stage 4. "It was really hard and a insane day".

"I told myself I had to be calm and wait for the moment to pass the riders in front of me". Dune section was really long and hard but I managed that well. It took everything that I had and the machine had to make it through today.

Things aren't looking as good for the third Australian on the event, Scott Britnell.

More news: Red Dead Redemption 2's release date potentially leaked by Danish retailer

Sam Sunderland's Dakar Rally title defence is over.

With the WRC legend ruled out, his Peugeot teammates Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz were left standing as the two frontrunners in the auto class, and it was the former who bolstered his chances with a strong time through Wednesday's test.

Instead, the nine-time World Rally Champion headed the field at every waypoint but one, beating home fellow Peugeot teammate and WRC legend Carlos Sainz by 1m35s.

Peugeot's Sebastien Loeb during Stage 4 of the 2018 Dakar Rally.

After getting back into contention yesterday, disaster struck for Nasser Al-Attiyah who lost more than 30 minutes to the leaders.

Although Al-Attiyah still sits fourth overall, the 58 minute deficit leaves his and Toyota's hopes of overall victory reliant on trouble striking all three of the leading Peugeots.

Related News:



Most liked

'Jumanji' Overtakes 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' to Land on Top Spot
Neon Rated's I, Tonya , taking on an additional 193 screens for a total of 242, brought in $2.4 million, a 297 per cent increase . The Last Jedi's total domestic gross is now at $572.7 million and is now the sixth highest domestic release of all-time.

France's Macron to Meet Turkey's Erdogan in Paris
While Theresa May has warned social media giants to shape up or face fines , France , Germany and Ireland are instituting new laws to target fake news.

Courtney Act Joins 'Celebrity Big Brother' in the UK!
India Willoughby compared herself to the regenerated Doctor as she joined the line-up of Celebrity Big Brother housemates. I mean, what else am I going to do? She joked: "It doesn't matter if I've got to be with a load of cackling females".

Hugh Jackman's Golden Globe reaction won the whole show
The performances in this film are top notch with James Franco leading the pack. "They make it out like I'm pursuing young women". Actor Violet Paley took to Twitter during the ceremony on Sunday (7 January) to accuse Franco of trying to force himself on her.

He can sing! Tua Tagovailoa treats Alabama coaches to private concert
As potent as the passing game could be, it's the run game that will always be the trademark of a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team. Alabama called for a run, but Tagovailoa thought it was a pass play and threw to a receiver who was busy blocking.

HMD Global to reveal the first Nokia phone on 5 January 2018
We've known since last month that a new version of the Nokia 6 was in the works following a Chinese TENAA listing . Nokia will not only be introducing new phones but will also be refreshing existing models for the year as well.

OnePlus 5T Lava Red Edition Launched in India: Price, Specifications, Release Date
It starts at Rs 37,999 ($595.82), which is the same price as the Midnight Black 8/GB/128GB version in the country. Underneath, the smartphone features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with Adreno 540 GPU.

Bear attacks Wisconsin man walking his dog in Florida apartment complex
The 41-year-old told police he was attacked by a bear when it swiped at him right after the dog ran back inside. A man says he stepped outside to let his dog out and then noticed a bear standing next to him.

2005's Star Wars Battlefront II is still being updated
Gamers rebelled against the game late previous year over its reliance on in-game purchases to unlock the most desireable content. Do you think EA will remain open to allowing cosmetic mods in Star Wars Battlefront 2?

Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS is being tested on the Pixelbook
This is all wonderful for Fuchsia , but we still don't have official word from Google on what it plans for this specific platform. The last time we looked at Fuchsia , the system UI was able to be packaged up as an APK and run on top of an Android phone.

The Black Eyed Peas Return With A Strong Message On "Street Livin'"
The producer and "The Voice UK" coach said: "There are infinite possibilities for the world to create". He, Taboo and apl.de.ap each take the forefront for a verse, ending with a powerful message.

Transcript of Fusion GPS founder's testimony intensifies feud over FBI, Trump dossier
Grassley declined to release the full transcript, but invited Fusion GPS to come before his panel and testify publicly. Steele traveled to Rome in September to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a full debriefing.

Leishman on top in Hawaii
Johnson looked set to be in a share of the lead overnight when he moved top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the last. Leishman ran off four straight birdies around the turn and holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.

Bruno Mars, Cardi B, SZA to Perform at the 2018 Grammy Awards
Previously announced performers include Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga , Little Big Town , Patti LuPone , P!nk, and Ben Platt . SZA , Kesha , Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee are among the additional talent announced to perform at the 60th annual ceremony.

1 injured in semi fire on I-65
A fiery crash involving a semi closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Dickson County for hours on Wednesday. The initial investigation revealed that traffic was slowed in the area due to an earlier crash on I-65S.