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2010 Dakar Rally Stage Eight: Peterhansel and ‘Chaleco’ Take Wins

After a rest day on Chile’s Pacific Coast the 2010 Dakar reconvened for the eighth stage, a 472 km run south back for Antofagasta to Copiapo including a 90km stretch through sand dunes to close out the day.   But just because Saturday was a rest doesn’t mean there was no news to report. Following accusations on Friday’s seventh stage that KTM rider Marc Coma received a new rear tire from an outsider on the stage, rally officials levied a six hour penalty on the Spaniard. Similarly the overall leader in the quad category, Marcos Patronelli, was given a three hour penalty for outside assistance he received in Iquique, the city at the rally’s northernmost point that was the campsite on Thursday.   While both threatened to quit the ev...

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