Stephane Peterhansel extends Dakar Rally lead with stage win as Sebastien Loeb abandons race

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Editor’s note: Check out Stage 5 highlights on NBCSN at 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday.

The fifth stage of the Dakar Rally ended Wednesday with a notable absence.

Stephane Peterhansel won the stage to increase his overall lead to 31:16 over Carlos Sainz (fourth in the fifth stage) while a major contender was eliminated.

Sebastien Loeb, Peterhansel’s Peugeot teammate, retired from the race after  co-driver Daniel Elena sustained a back injury.

Loeb had been in second place overall after winning the fourth stage Tuesday. The Frenchman is one of the most successful rally drivers in history, winning the World Rally Championship title in a record nine consecutive seasons (2004-12). This marked his second attempt at the Dakar Rally after finishing second in the cars division last year.

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Peterhansel, a 13-time Dakar champion in all categories, notched his first stage win of the 2018 event by winning the 266-kilometer leg between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa in Peru in 2 hours, 51 minutes, 19 seconds. The Frenchman finished 4:54 ahead of The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke (who is 1:15:16 behind the overall lead in a Toyota).

Andre Villas-Boas, a former soccer manager for Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham, abandoned his Dakar debut after suffering back pain from a sand dune crash in the fourth stage.

In other classifications, Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort of Honda won the fifth stage of the bikes division. France’s Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha) held onto the overall lead after finishing fifth. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides trails by 1 minute.

Defending truck champion Eduard Nikolaev won the fifth stage and trails overall leader Federico Villagra by 58:05.

STAGE 5 RESULTS, CARS

  1. France’s Stephane Peterhansel, Peugeot, 2:51:19
  2. The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke, Toyota, 2:56:11
  3. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Toyota, 3:04:06
  4. Spain’s Carlos Sainz, Peugeot, 3:09:29
  5. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, Toyota, 3:15:52

OVERALL LEADERS

  1. France’s Stephane Peterhansel
  2. Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  3. Netherland’s Bernhard ten Brinke
  4. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah
  5. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers

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BIKE

STAGE 5 RESULTS

  1. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort, Honda, 3:19:42
  2. Austria’s Matthias Walkner, KTM, 3:30:08
  3. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, Honda, 3:32:02
  4. France’s Antoine Meo, KTM, 3:32:42
  5. France’s Adrien van Beveren, Yamaha, 3:34:17

AMERICAN RIDERS 

Ninth: Ricky Brabec (Honda), 3:38:58

23rd: Andrew Short (Husqvarna), 3:52:32

31st: Shane Esposito (KTM), 4:03:51

32nd: Mark Samuels (Honda), 4:05:45

86th: Bill Conger (Husqvarna), 6:03:15

OVERALL LEADERS

  1. France’s Adrien van Beveren
  2. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides
  3. Austria’s Matthias Walkner
  4. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort
  5. France’s Xavier de Soutrait

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TRUCK

  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, Kamaz, 3:37:12
  2. Belarus’ Siarhei Viazovhich, Maz, 3:43:35
  3. The Netherlands’ Ton Van Genugten, Iveco, 3:50:09
  4. Russia’s Dmitry Sotnikov, Kamaz, 3:50:35
  5. Argentina’s Federico Villagra, Iveco, 3:58:22

OVERALL LEADERS

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

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QUADS

  1. Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso, Yamaha, 4:12:47
  2. Chile’s Ignacio Casale, Yamaha, 4:14:10
  3. Peru’s Alexis Hernandez Yamaha, 4:19:22
  4. Chile’s Giovanni Enrico, Yamaha, 4:25:42
  5. Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, Yamaha, 4:26:55

OVERALL LEADERS

  1. Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  2. Peru’s Alexis Hernandez
  3. Argentina’s Pablo Copetti
  4. Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso
  5. Argentina’s Gustavo Gallego

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SxS UTV

  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 3:42:42
  2. Peru’s Juan Carlos Uribe Ramos, Can-Am, 3:58:19
  3. Spain’s Jose Luis Pena Campos, Polaris, 4:20:37
  4. France’s Claudio Fournier, Polaris, 4:56:45
  5. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, Polaris, 5:09:00

OVERALL LEADERS

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

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STAGE 6: The Rally will leave Peru for Bolivia, bound Thursday to the country’s capital La Paz.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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