Stephane Peterhansel extended his Dakar Rally lead in Saudi Arabia in a fifth stage won by South African Giniel De Villiers.Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel of France on the Dakar Rally 2020.

The Frenchman, known as ‘Mr Dakar’ for his record 13 wins on two wheels and four, was third on the 456km stage from Riyadh to Al Qaisumah with closest rival Nasser Al-Attiyah fourth in a Toyota.

Peterhansel now leads the Qatari, a triple Dakar winner, by six minutes and 11 seconds.

Spain’s defending champion Carlos Sainz, Peterhansel’s Mini team mate, remained third overall but trailing the leader by 48 minutes after ending the stage ninth.

In the motorcycle category, Argentine Kevin Benavides won the stage and took the lead despite falling and suffering a suspected broken nose.

The Honda rider finished almost eight minutes ahead of overnight leader Xavier De Soultrait, on a Husqvarna, to lead by two minutes and 31 seconds overall.

Including the prologue, he was the sixth different leader of this year’s event.

-Reuters

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