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Spain's Coma claims fifth Dakar rally title

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Spain's Coma claims fifth Dakar rally title
Photo: Franck Fife/AFP
09:10 CET+01:00
Spain's defending champion Marc Coma claimed his fifth Dakar Rally motorbike title after the 13th and final stage concluded in Baradero north of Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The 38-year-old from Catalonia equalled the number of titles held by French duo Cyril Neveu and Cyril Despres, who now competes in the car category for Peugeot, and one behind another Frenchman, Stephane Peterhansel.

Coma is joined on the final podium by Paulo Goncalves, riding a Honda and almost 17 minutes adrift with Australia's Toby Price, on another KTM, finishing third in the overall standings.

For KTM this was a 14th Dakar success.

Saturday's closing 393 kilometre (101km timed) stage between Rosario and Baradero was won by Ivan Jakes of Slovakia.

He was followed across the line by his compatriot Stefan Svitko with Price taking third for a KTM 1-2-3.

Organizers were forced to shorten the stage as heavy rain had rendered sections of the road too dangerous.

Coma, who came in fifth on Saturday, inherited the lead in the overall standings from Honda's Joan Barreda after the eighth stage.

Coma opened his Dakar account in Africa in 2006, he then won again in 2009, the first time it was held in South America, adding the 2011, 2014 and now this year's title.

Finishing in ninth place overall came Laia Sanz, the 29-year-old Spaniard who betterred by one place the highest ever finish for a woman rider.

 
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