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Sainz win 4th stage and takes overall Dakar lead

Wednesday - 1/8/2014, 4:42pm  ET

Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean Paul Cottret, both from France, compete in the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of San Juan and Chilecito in Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

CHILECITO, Argentina (AP) -- Carlos Sainz of Spain won Wednesday's fourth stage of the Dakar Rally and moved into first place in the overall standings in the car division.

Sainz finished the stage 6:04 ahead of 11-time champion Stephane Peterhansel of France and 8:58 in front of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar. Sainz leads fellow Spaniard Nani Roma by 2:06 in the overall standings. Peterhansel is 18:10 behind in fifth place.

In bikes, Juan Pedrero of Spain won the stage, 29 seconds ahead of Francisco Lopez of Chile and with a 3:10 advantage on fellow Spaniard Marc Coma. Joan Barreda Bort of Spain kept the overall lead. Coma is 3:10 behind, and Lopez is 5:12 off the pace.

Thursday's stage goes north from Chilecito to Tucuman. The rally finishes Jan. 18 in Valapariso, Chile.

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