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2010 Dakar Rally Stage Six: Two Comeback Wins, One Rider in Hospital

Another day in South America on the Dakar Rally saw another long stage, this time 418km heading north in the Atacama Desert, passing though rocky trails, across the driest place on earth, and ending with a trip down a wall of sand before arriving at the overnight campsite.   The bikes saw another Marc Coma and Cyril Despres duel. Despres jumped out to an early lead after yesterday’s stage winner Francisco Lopez took the wrong route, with several other lead riders, including David Fretigne, Pal Anders Ullevalseter, and Coma following the Chilean and losing time.   Despres, however, did not follow, and by the first checkpoint the Frenchman had a 1:44 lead over Olivier Pain, with Lopez Contardo falling 14 minutes behind though Coma only lo...

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