Dakar 2018: Loeb wins Dakar fourth stage, Sunderland out injured in Peru


"The sand was extremely loose", Loeb said. We got to a crest where another vehicle was stuck.

"The auto was going really well". And, bam, we went right into the hole. We have learnt that he has broken an ankle and has been taken to the hospital and is doing okay.

Peugeot driver Stephane Peterhansel in action in the 2018 Dakar Rally.

Loeb beat Carlos Sainz by 95 seconds, followed by Peterhansel for a Peugeot sweep of the podium.

Ten Brinke not only recorded a perfectly clean stage, but also kept pace with the leading Peugeot of Stephane Peterhansel over terrain that was much more suited to the buggy. He finished the stage at 33 position, which now places him at 24 positions in the overall rankings.

Sainz, having got stuck in the dunes early on, was 18 minutes down at the finish line, and now trails Peterhansel by over half an hour in the general classification.

Walkner, who is now third in the overall standings, said: "I lost a lot of time and had many crashes in the soft dunes". Oriol Mena continued his fine form of yesterday to begin the stage well but lost some time in finding a waypoint in the later part of the stage. Peterhansel's general classification lead stands at 6m55s from Loeb with Sainz another six minutes further back, while Toyota's best hope Al-Attiyah is now nearly an hour behind the leader after a nightmare day.

Joan Barreda Bort moved up from 14th fourth overall with a masterful ride on Stage 5.

Severe back pain which required a hospital visit put an end to the British rider's hopes and enabled Adrien Van Beveren to take a commanding stage win ahead of Xavier de Soultrait and Matthias Walkner. "It was a very good day especially in a very hard stage, with the dunes and the navigation needed". The Sherco TVS Factory Rally team rider was placed 44th after the fourth stage.

Willem du Toit (KTM) posted his worst stage result yet on the Dakar, finishing 78th - but still moved up two places to 66th overall, while Gerry van der Byl posted his best finish yet in 112th, and moved up eight places to 111th.