Carlos Sainz has suffered devastating mechanical problems which saw him tumble out of contention in the 2016 Dakar Rally, handing an excellent opportunity to Peugeot team-mate Stephane Peterhansel.

Sainz, winner of the Dakar in 2010 and father of current Toro Rosso F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr, took to the top of the overall standings on Tuesday after nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb rolled and crashed out of the lead. The Spaniard had been enjoying a tussle at the start of stage 10, which was delayed due to thunderstorms, with Peterhansel taking the initiative with a 20 minute lead.

However, disaster struck for Sainz when his Peugeot stopped on course due to a broken strut between the engine and gearbox just outside La Rioja. Sainz remained stranded for several hours which effectively rules him out of the running even if he is to re-join down the order.

As a result, Peterhansel easily won the stage and now takes a one hour lead over his nearest rival Nasser Al-Attiyah who lost 45 minutes after rolling his Mini-BMW early in the stage.

Giniel de Villiers moved up to third overall with former WRC Mikko Hirvonen slipped to fourth. Former leader Sebastien Loeb continued to struggle in his fightback from rolling on Monday and is in ninth place overall.



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