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Posted at: Jan 12, 2018, 1:42 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2018, 1:42 AM (IST)

Santosh 51st overall after Stage 5

Santosh 51st overall after Stage 5
The road not often taken: Rallyists drive through the dunes of Tanaca during Stage 5 of the Dakar Rally between San Juan De Marcona and Arequipa in Peru on Thursday. AFP
Arequipa (Peru): CS Santosh gained five positions to be 51st overall after the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally, which will now move into Bolivia. Santosh decided to play it safe and steady to finish the stage at 52nd position.  “It was a really hard day. I was feeling a bit tired in the morning as I didn’t have a good sleep, so it took me a little time to get going in the stage. The stage was tough, especially the last 50km,” Santosh said. “The dunes were really churned up and the sand was incredibly soft. It took everything that I had to make it through today. One more day to go before the much-deserved rest day,” he added. Santosh’s teammate and Dakar debutant Oriol Mena finished 11th to climb to 21st overall. 

Loeb out as Peterhansel forges on

Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb withdrew from the rally while defending champion Stephane Peterhansel stretched his lead. Loebhalted five kilometres into the 266km stage from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa. — Agencies

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