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2010 Dakar Stage 11: Double Trouble Cost Carlos Sainz

A pair of punctures saw Carlos Sainz lose half of his overall lead to teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah as the Dakar crossed back over the Andes and returned to Argentina on stage 11.   The 220 kilometer route saw the stage reach over 3000 meters above sea level before finishing at San Juan, at a little under a third of that altitude.   Sainz, the overall leader by over 10 minutes at the start of the day, led the cars off due to his winning the previous stage and looked like he would strengthen his grip on the title he threw away a year ago.   At the first of the day’s Iritrack points, he was narrowly ahead of Al-Attiyah. Both, however, were still in easy striking distance of the stage lead. But it was soon to go downhill for Sainz.   The V...

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