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Dakar: Sunderland extends overall lead as Barreda takes stage win

Penalty costs Michael Metge stage 10 victory

Dakar: Sunderland extends overall lead as Barreda takes stage win

BRIT Sam Sunderland retained his lead in the Dakar yesterday despite finishing 18 minutes behind Michael Metge, who celebrated his first stage win only to be hit with a one-hour penalty.

The penalty handed the stage victory to Metge’s team-mate Joan Barreda, his third win of the 2017 Dakar and 17th of his career.

Sunderland (pictured) and his KTM team-mate Matthias Walkner both strayed off track during the gruelling stage, featuring 449 timed kilometres, while Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla suffered a fall which forced the Chilean to retire form the rally.

Standings after stage 10

1. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 28h7m59s

2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) +30m1s

3. Gerard Farres (KTM) +38m43s

4. Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha) +41m57s

5. Joan Barreda (Honda) +53m47s

6. Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husqvarna) +55m24s

7. Paulo Gonçalves (Honda) +1h0m11s

8. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) +1h32m55s

9. Michael Metge (Honda) +1h35m33s

10. Franco Caimi (Honda) +1h37m57s

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