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Rallying-Qatar's al-Attiyah leads Dakar after day one in Peru

20 January 2018

Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) and Briton Sam Sunderland (KTM) topped the first stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the auto and motorcycle sections, respectively, on a day marked by caution when many drivers chose to wait for later legs to make a move.

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PISCO, Peru (AP) - Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah of Toyota won the first round of the rugged Dakar Rally on Saturday.

It was originally known as the "Paris-Dakar Rally" but was relocated in 2009 due to security concerns.

While she considers finishing in the top-15 overall a "realistic" goal for this year's race, Sanz said she's hoping to reach to the top 10 for a second time. "We went slowly, doing our best not to get stuck or bogged down", the Frenchman said.

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"We need a few years to see more women in the Dakar", she told Efe.

His win puts him top of the overall standings, 27sec ahead of his compatriot and teammate Stephane Peterhansel, with South Africa's Giniel De Villiers, who was originally announced as Sunday's victor through a timing error, now sitting third and 5min 44sec off the pace.

In the motorcycles, KTM's Dubai-based Sunderland ended the stage with a 32-second advantage over Yamaha's French rider Adrien van Beveren.

"I was not really confident in the dunes today", he said. The 40th edition of the Dakar Rally, the tenth to be held in South America, will start in Lima on January 6 to run south along the Pacific coast and cross Bolivia to finish in Cordoba, Argentina on January 20.

Rallying-Qatar's al-Attiyah leads Dakar after day one in Peru