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Dakar Rally: Van Beveren (Bikes), Loeb (Cars) win Stage 4

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Editor’s note: Check out Stage 4 highlights tonight on NBCSN at 12 a.m. ET.

Tuesday’s fourth stage of the Dakar Rally saw the second big name of the event withdraw.

Defending Rally Motorcycle champion Sam Sunderland of the United Kingdom suffered a debilitating back injury near the end of the stage. He attempted to finish the round but fell short, and then was transported by helicopter to a local hospital after losing feeling in his legs after a hard jump.

Sunderland, who had won both Stage 1 and Stage 3, becomes the second big name and anticipated favorite to exit the Rally in the first four stages.

Car driver Bryce Menzies from the U.S. and co-driver Peter Mortensen were knocked out of the Rally after a hard crash in Stage 2 that destroyed their Mini.

While both Menzies and Mortensen were uninjured, it ended what arguably was the best chance for any U.S. competitor to win a Rally title in any of the five major classes in this year’s tournament.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 3 wrapup

MORE: Stage 2 wrapup

MORE: Stage 1 wrapup

Here’s a breakdown of how Stage 4 played out on Tuesday:

MOTORCYCLES

Sunderland was in the lead in both the stage and overall rating when his accident occurred Tuesday. He tried to finish the route but came up short of completing his ride.

As a result, France’s Adrien van Beveren not only won the stage, he also took the overall lead, both from Sunderland. France’s Xavier de Soutrait finished second, followed by Austria’s Matthias Walkner in third.

Of note was the huge rebound of Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort, who fell to 28th in the overall standings following Monday’s Stage 3 after missing a turn and having to backtrack.

Barreda Bort bounced back to finish ninth Tuesday with a time of 4:18:23 and climbed back to 13th in the overall standings.

Also of note, American rider Mark Samuels jumped from 109th in Stage 3 to finish 35th in Stage 4.

STAGE 4 RESULTS

  1. France’s Adrien van Beveren, Yamaha, 4:08:23
  2. France’s Xavier de Soutrait, Yamaha, 4:13:24
  3. Austria’s Matthias Walkner, KTM, 4:15:33
  4. Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna, 4:15:55
  5. Slovakia’s Stefan Svitko, KTM, 4:16:08

AMERICAN RIDERS STAGE 4 RESULTS

22nd: Andrew Short (Husqvarna), 4:27:16

24th: Ricky Brabec (Honda), 4:32:07

28th: Shane Esposito (KTM), 4:40:16

35th: Mark Samuels (Honda), 4:50:59

95th: Bill Conger (Husqvarna), 7:03:19

OVERALL LEADERS

  1. France’s Adrien van Beveren
  2. Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla
  3. Argentina’s Kevin Benevides
  4. Austria’s Matthias Walkner
  5. France’s Xavier de Soutrait

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CARS

France’s Sebastien Loeb won Stage 4, followed by Spain’s Carlos Sainz and France’s Stephane Peterhansel.

Two-time Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah, of Qatar, won Stages 1 and 3, but was forced to stop twice in Stage 4 and finished 11th.

France’s Cyril Despres, who came into Stage 4 second in the overall rankings, suffered a broken rear wheel about halfway through the course and it appears he will join Menzies and Sunderland as being out of the tournament for good.

Lastly, Nani Roma, who crashed at the end of Stage 3 on Monday, apparently suffered more serious injuries than first thought.

He was airlifted to a Lima hospital with head and neck injuries. While he did not suffer any fractures, he was expected to remain in the hospital for several days.

STAGE 4 RESULTS

  1. France’s Sebastien Loeb, Peugeot, 3:57:53
  2. Spain’s Carlos Sainz, Peugeot, 3:59:28
  3. France’s Stephane Peterhansel, Peugeot, 4:01:09
  4. Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen, Mini, 4:32:29
  5. Italy’s Eugenio Amos, Ford, 4:33:39

OVERALL LEADERS

  1. France’s Stephane Peterhansel
  2. France’s Sebastien Loeb
  3. Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  4. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah
  5. Netherland’s Bernhard ten Brinke

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TRUCK

Defending Rally champion, Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, won his second stage of the event, holding off Argentina’s Federico Villagra and the Czech Republic’s Martin Kolomy.

STAGE 4 RESULTS

  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, Kamaz, 4:35:08
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra, Iveco, 5:03:05
  3. Czech Republic’s Martin Kolomy, Tatra, 5:13:57
  4. Japan’s Teruhito Sugawara, Hino, 5:48:23
  5. Netherland’s Gert Huznik, Renault, 5:51:41

OVERALL LEADERS

  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra
  3. Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich
  4. Czech Republic’s Martin Macek
  5. Japan’s Teruhito Sugawara

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QUADS

  1. Russia’s Sergei Kariakin, Yamaha, 4:56:34
  2. Chile’s Ignacio Casale, Yamaha, 4:57:17
  3. Peru’s Alexis Hernandez (Yamaha), 5:02:05
  4. Argentina’s Gustavo Gallego (Yamaha), 5:04:35
  5. France’s Axel Dutrie, Yamaha, 5:04:48

OVERALL LEADERS

  1. Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  2. Russia’s Sergei Kariakin
  3. Peru’s Alexis Hernandez
  4. Argentina’s Pablo Copetti
  5. Argentina’s Gustavo Gallego

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SxS UTV

  1. France’s Patricie Garroueste, Polaris, 5:43:45
  2. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 6:09:18
  3. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, Polaris, 7:28:50
  4. France’s Claudio Fournier, Polaris, 7:35:00
  5. Spain’s Jose Pena Campos, Polaris, 7:44:08

OVERALL LEADERS

  1. France’s Patricie Garrouste
  2. Peru’s Juan Uribe Ramos
  3. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela
  4. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga
  5. France’s Claudio Fournier

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STAGE 5: On Wednesday, the Rally begins in San Juan de Marcona, Peru and ends in Arequipa, Peru

 

GoDaddy to sponsor Patrick in ‘Danica Double’ at Daytona, Indy — now all she needs are rides

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By The Associated Press

Danica Patrick is going back to green.

GoDaddy Green, to be exact – a fitting color for her farewell tour.

The company will sponsor Patrick in the upcoming “Danica Double” that will close out her racing career, The Associated Press has learned. Patrick has no ride yet for next month’s Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500 in May, but she now has the financial backing to pull it off.

This time around, the original GoDaddy Girl will symbolize the new core mission of the company that helped make her one of the world’s most recognizable athletes.

“There’s this great story: I left IndyCar with GoDaddy on my car, I started NASCAR with GoDaddy on my car, I’m most recognized as the GoDaddy green car and driver, and so to finish up my career that way feels appropriate,” Patrick told the AP from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Her final race will be the Indy 500, an appropriate choice because it was “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” that rocketed Patrick and GoDaddy into pop culture notoriety.

GoDaddy and Patrick grew up together. The company switched series with her and marketed her as a strong, sexy woman in 13 Super Bowl commercials – a record appearance for celebrities. Now, the company is most interested in Patrick the budding businesswoman who is firmly closing the door on her racing career and rebranding herself as an entrepreneur . She has a book out, an apparel line, a wine label and confirmed to AP this week that she’s dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“Our goals are so well-aligned,” Barb Rechterman, the chief marketing officer of GoDaddy, told AP. “She’s passionate, tenacious and creative just like so many of our customers who are also looking to leverage the power of the internet and turn their `side hustle’ into a full-time business. Danica absolutely epitomizes the heart of our GoDaddy customers.”

Prepare to hear a lot about the “side hustle” as GoDaddy climbs aboard the so-far fledgling “Danica Double.”

Patrick announced in November she would end her driving career with the Daytona 500 and Indy 500, but didn’t have a deal completed for either race. Still doesn’t. Yet somehow, Patrick always figures a way to get what she wants. Talks ended with Chip Ganassi Racing about a possible ride, and late last month, Patrick said, she called former GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons and asked about a reunion.

GoDaddy has rebranded since it last teamed with Patrick. The company now touts itself as “the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures,” and there’s no better spokeswoman than Patrick, who is in the next chapter of her life and her brand.

GoDaddy pulled out of racing after the 2015 season, and Patrick hasn’t had the same level of funding and marketing support since. Patrick has slowly reshaped her image, first into a Instagram model and is now a full-blown lifestyle guru. She realized – at the age of 35 – she was on her own.

She and GoDaddy aligned for a splashy move into NASCAR, where she was glamorous off the track but only mediocre on it. Through all of this, she was married, divorced, spent five years dating fellow driver and competitor Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and then seemed to find herself through a tailored diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

She is cutting the cord on racing after Indy, and her focus is on a sense of well-being far away from the track.

“Their business is so perfectly paired to what is going on with mine, so when we sat down and met, it was like, `Let’s talk about our business. Let’s talk about the messaging. How does this work?”‘ Patrick said. “And this is undeniably perfect for both of us. Not only is it a huge two races and the biggest two races of the year, but on top of that, you have so much `side hustle’ going on, and all the messaging and our brands, and where we are going is so perfectly paired.”w

GoDaddy can help Patrick move on to whatever it is for racing’s former “It Girl.” The company will help her streamline her online presence. Patrick, for the company, is back as a neon green-and-yellow symbol to all the wannabe entrepreneurs chasing dreams.

She’ll get those rides, too. Patrick said she knows she will because she believes she will.

“That’s just the way the universe works,” she said. “You have to ask for what you want. Things have taken a long time with this, but you just have to go with the flow on these things. The universe is not on your time schedule.”

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