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Dakar 2017: Shortened stage sees Loeb, Sunderland win on Day 5

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Stage five of the Dakar Rally, form Tupiza to Oruro, saw a familiar face back on top in cars and a new one emerge in bikes.

Coverage of stage five occurs on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It marks a quick departure from either the 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. ET times this week.

The stage was shortened due to bad weather, at late notice.

Peugeot carried its stage win streak to four in a row in cars in Friday’s shortened fifth stage, and now featured the first repeat stage winner.

Sebastien Loeb, who won Tuesday’s stage two, took the win today over Nani Roma and Stephane Peterhansel. Peterhansel, who won stage three, now regains the overall lead over Loeb. Cyril Despres, who sits third overall, won stage four.

The only Toyota winner thus far was Nasser Al-Attiyah in stage one, and the Qatari driver’s retirement was confirmed before stage four.

Sam Sunderland made it five winners in as many stages in bikes, with his stage win in stage five today.

The Englishman, riding the No. 14 KTM, finished ahead of Adrien van Beveren (No. 6 Yamaha) and Juan Pedrero (No. 12 Sherco TVS) on today’s stage.

The previous stage winners were Pedrero (stage one), Toby Price (two), Joan Barreda (three) and Matthias Walkner (four). Price’s accident on Thursday knocked the defending bike champion out of this year’s rally and worse, left him with a fractured left femur.

Here’s a quick update on another bike rider Jurgen van der Goorbergh:

And here’s an update in the quad and truck classes.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.