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Al-Attiyah and Sainz set for mouthwatering clash in last three stages

Qatar’s driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (Volkswagen) ended the 11th stage with a 5.38 lead over his Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz. In the overall standings, "El Matador" (Sainz) now only leads by 4.28 on Al-Attiyah with three stages to go.

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French driver Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) won the 11th stage between Santiago and San Juan ahead of Orlando Terranova (JMB Stradale – Mistubishi), but most Dakar fans are focusing on the duel between the two leaders Carlos Sainz (Volkswagen) and Nasser Al-Attiyah (Volkswagen) for the overall title.

And, on Wednesday, second-place Al-Attiyah reduced his deficit by 5.38 to set up a mouthwatering clash in the last three stages with the Spanish leader, who won yesterday’s stage.

First win for Verhoeven

In the motorbike race, Franz Verhoeven from the Netherlands claimed his first win of the 2010 rally, three seconds ahead of America’s Jonah Street. The motorbike race is not as thrilling as that of the cars, as France’s Cyril Despres (KTM) has a lead of over an hour and twenty minutes on his second-place rival Pal Anders Ullevalester (KTM) of Norway.

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