Updated: Tuesday, 07 January 2014 03:44 | By Agence France-Presse

Peterhansel hits back to lead after Dakar 2nd stage

Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel bounced back on Monday to move into the lead of the 36th Dakar Rally following the second stage from San Luis to San Rafael in Argentina.


Peterhansel hits back to lead after Dakar 2nd stage

Mini's driver Stephane Peterhansel (R) of France and co-driver Jean Paul Cottret compete during the Rally Dakar 2014 Stage 2 between San Luis and San Rafael, Argentina, on January 6, 2014

Peterhansel, in a Mini, was down in sixth at 4min 21sec from overnight leader Carlos Sousa of Portugal after suffering a puncture on Sunday's opening stage.

The Frenchman, looking for a 12th Dakar title following six in the motorcycles and five previous ones in cars, finished ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz and Giniel De Villiers from South Africa.

He now leads buggy SMG driver Sainz by 48sec in the overall standings with his Mini team-mate Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah in third.

Briton Sam Sunderland won the day's motorcycle stage on a Honda ahead of Chile's Francisco Lopez on a KTM and Spain's Joan Barreda, also on a Honda.

Barrdeda maintained his overall lead ahead of Lopez with 24-year-old Sunderland, taking part in only his second Dakar Rally having abandoned last year, up to third.

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