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2010 Dakar Rally Stage Thirteen: Al-Attiyah Sets Up Grandstand Finish

Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah pulled to within three minutes of overall leader Carlos Sainz by finishing second on today’s thirteenth and penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally.   Sainz was the first car to start the 368km stage between San Rafael and Santa Rosa, but was second fastest behind his rival at the first of the day’s control points after 51km. From there on the pair were never more than a few minutes apart, with the Spaniard’s lead extending and contracting throughout the day.   But while the VW pair (or trio if you include third place Mark Miller, who started the day 28 minutes adrift) battled for the overall lead, it was BMW at the head of the stage. Stephane Peterhansel, fourth overall two hours behind, took the stage lead by...

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