The French Loeb wins the second stage of the Dakar Rally

Nine-time World Rally Championship winner Sebastien Loeb won the second stage of the Dakar on Monday in Saudi Arabia, narrowing the gap with Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah, leader of the overall standings, who now has nine minutes and 16 seconds ahead of his closest rivals.

The 47-year-old Frenchman finished the second stage three minutes and 28 seconds ahead of the Toyota driver who won the opening stage on Saturday and the first stage on Sunday.

This is the fifteenth time that Loeb has won a stage in this annual race is the first since 2019.

Briton Sam Sunderland took command of the bikes from his Australian teammate Daniel Sanders, who lost his way and finished 23rd in the stage, dropping to third in the overall standings, while Spaniard Juan Barreda won this stage for the Honda.

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