Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Jean Garrigues, Author and political historian

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'Macron-economy' pun already worn out

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War (part 2)

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

New French economy minister signals changes to 35-hour week

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Valls ♥ Business

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

Read more

ENCORE!

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Read more

  • Assad cannot be partner in fight against terrorism, says Hollande

    Read more

  • Kiev says Russian troops have entered Ukraine

    Read more

  • New Ebola case in Nigeria brings death toll to 1,552

    Read more

  • Video: 'Neither Baghdad nor the US can defeat the Islamic State'

    Read more

  • Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

    Read more

  • Air France pilots announce week-long strike in September

    Read more

  • Erdogan's inauguration paves way for constitutional change

    Read more

  • New French economy minister takes swipe at 35-hour work week

    Read more

  • Air France suspends flights to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

    Read more

  • Uzi shooting by 9-year-old rekindles gun debate

    Read more

  • Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

    Read more

  • Missouri governor appoints black public safety director

    Read more

  • French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

  • Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

    Read more

World champion Loeb takes the lead

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-04-26

After beginning the day in third place, France's Sebastien Loeb was poised to wrap-up his fifth win in five races this season after opening up a 57.2sec lead over Citroen teammate Dani Sordo at the Rally of Argentina.

Reuters - Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, aiming for an unprecedented sixth consecutive world rallying title, took the lead in Rally Argentina after winning four successive stages on Saturday.

After beginning the day in third place, Loeb overhauled both Citroen team mate Dani Sordo and Mikko Hirvonen to lead at halfway on the second day of the race through the Sierra de Cordoba, 700 kilometres north west of Buenos Aires.

"I was 15 seconds behind at the start of the day so I had to take big risks to try and catch them, so that's what I did," Loeb told the autosport.com website after reaching Villa Carlos Paz.

The Frenchman, who had a minor scare when he ran off the road during the first stage of the day, is aiming for a fifth straight win in Argentina and also to maintain his 100 percent record this season after his victories in Ireland, Norway, Cyprus and Portugal.

Spaniard Sordo began the day in first place but said he had trouble leading the field.

"It's very difficult to go first on the road," he said after a morning in which the race reached 2,195 metres above sea level -- the highest point of the season -- on the El Condor-Copina stage.

Loeb was 7.3 seconds ahead of Hirvonen and 12.2 ahead of Sordo, who dropped from first to third.
 

 

 

Date created : 2009-04-25

COMMENT(S)