Peugeot’s Sebastien Loeb has taken over the lead of the 2017 Dakar Rally after winning stage eight of the event on Tuesday. The Frenchman has overtaken team mate and countryman Stephane Peterhansel despite having to stop as a result of a flat tyre just before the end of the stage.

Stage eight had to be re-routed due to bad weather and an overflowed river. The altered route saw the competitors climb to an altitude of 4,400m.

Speaking after taking the overall lead Loeb commented by saying:

It went rather well. “The puncture 70km before the finish line is a shame. We went for it, we wanted to build a strong lead on the pistes. We did the job, no regret.

The next two stages will be complicated, lots of off-piste and we’re opening the road before the bikes. I’m counting on Daniel Elena.


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