Portugal’s Helder Rodrigues won Tuesday’s ninth motorbike stage of the Dakar Rally as Marc Coma had his overall lead cut by three minutes.
Rodrigues completed the 538 kilometre (450km timed) ride from the Chilean Pacific coastal city of Iquique to Calama in the Andes almost four minutes clear of his teammate and fellow countryman Paul Goncalves.
In third came Coma, whose advantage over Goncalves in the riders’ title race is now only five-and-a half minutes.
In third in the overall standings is Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla — who won Monday’s stage on home turf — almost half an hour adrift of the front pair.
Results after the Dakar Rally ninth stage between Iquique and Calama on Tuesday:
1. Helder Rodrigues (POR/Honda) 5hr 06min 14sec
2. Paulo Goncalves (POR/Honda) at 3min 51sec
3. Marc Coma (ESP/Ktm) 7:34
4. Joan Barreda Bort (ESP/Honda) 19:47
5. Javier Pizzolito (ARG/Honda) 20:07
6. Stefan Svitko (SVK/Ktm) 21:40
7. Matthias Walkner (AUT/Ktm) 22:02
8. Toby Price (AUS/Ktm) 23:09
9. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI/Ktm) 23:15
10. Olivier Pain (FRA/Yamaha) 28:09
1. Marc Coma (ESP/Ktm) 34hr 05min 00sec
2. Paulo Goncalves (POR/Honda) at 5:28
3. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI/Ktm) 26:52
4. Toby Price (AUS/Ktm) 31:31
5. Stefan Svitko (SVK/Ktm) 40:36
6. Ruben Faria (POR/Ktm) 1hr 01:22
7. David Casteu (FRA/Ktm) 1hr 31:26
8. Laia Sanz Pla-Giribert (ESP/Honda) 1hr 54:37
9. Ivan Jakes (SVK/Ktm) 2hr 18:31
10. Olivier Pain (FRA/Yamaha) 2hr 36:13