In the all-day attack, the nine-time world champion, Sebastien Loeb, won the seventh stage of the Dakar, a 402-kilometer run from Riyadh to Dawadmi. In second, 5’26” behind the wheel of a Toyota, the general classification leader was Qatar’s Emir Nasser Al-Attiyah, who is also the champion skeet (2012 Olympic bronze) and endurance/riding. In third, at 7’43”, the Spanish driver’s Audi Carlos Sainz.
In the general standings, Al-Attiyah is in first place with 44’59” over Loeb and 53’31” over Saudi Yazid Al-Rajhi.
The change at the top of the bikes: Chilean Jose Cornejo Floremo won the day, while Britain’s Sam Sunderland, who lost about twenty minutes early in the day, gave the lead to Frenchman Adrien van Beveren, day 11/h. Among the candidates is the retired Australian Daniel Sanders, who had an accident with Kutta without serious consequences.
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