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Sainz claims sixth Dakar stage success

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  • Carlos Sainz tightened his grip on the Dakar Rally with a sixth stage victory
  • Spanish VW driver took the 476-kilometer 10th stage around Copiapo, Chile
  • KTM rider Jordi Viladoms, also of Spain, won the motorbike section Tuesday
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(CNN) -- Twice world champion Carlos Sainz tightened his grip on the Dakar Rally on Tuesday when he achieved his sixth stage triumph of the race in South America.

Sainz tightened his grip on the Dakar Rally on Tuesday when he achieved his sixth stage triumph.

Sainz tightened his grip on the Dakar Rally on Tuesday when he achieved his sixth stage triumph.

The Spaniard took the 476-kilometer 10th stage around Copiapo and the Atacame desert after the start had been delayed by more than two hours because of fog.

Sainz clocked a time of five hours 32 minutes and 55 seconds, overtaking the Hummer of runner-up Robby Gordon who finished 21 seconds behind.

American Mark Miller trailed in third more than seven minutes adrift of VW team-mate Sainz who celebrated his fourth consecutive stage victory.

Spanish KTM rider Jordi Viladoms won the motorbike section, finishing more than a minute ahead of Franco-Malian rider Alain Duclos and 8:29 in front of Portuguese biker Helder Rodriguez, also on a KTM.

Viladoms' compatriot Marc Coma retained the overall lead and increased his lead over second placed rider David Fretigne of France despite finishing 12 minutes 17seconds behind the stage winner.

The day was marred by a heavy crash for Spanish rider Cristobal Guerrero who was left in a coma following the incident and airlifted to hospital for treatment.

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