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.