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Nani Roma wins third stage and takes overall lead

Tuesday - 1/7/2014, 4:21pm  ET

KTM rider Ruben Faria of Portugal rides in the dunes during the second stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of San Luis and San Rafael in San Rafael, Argentina, Monday Jan. 6, 2014. The second stage is regarded as one of the fastest in the two-week rally, which ends Jan. 18 in Valparaiso, Chile. This is the sixth consecutive year the race has been run in South America, and the first time Bolivia has been on the route.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

SAN JUAN, Argentina (AP) -- Nani Roma of Spain won Tuesday's third stage of the Dakar Rally, which also pulled him into the overall lead in the car division.

Roma, driving a Mini, finished 1:07 ahead of Krzysztof Holowczyc of Poland and 3:19 in front of Leeroy Poulter of South Africa. Roma leads the overall car standings by 9:06 over Orlando Terranova of Argentina and is 10 minutes ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar.

Eleven-time champion Stephane Peterhansel slipped to fifth in the overall standings, 24:08 behind the leader.

In bikes, Joan Barreda Bort of Spain took the overall lead with a victory in the third stage. Barreda Bort was 4:41 head of Cyril Despres of France and 6:56 in front of Marc Coma of Spain.

Barreda Bort leads Despres by 13:04 in the overall.


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