Dakar: Roma takes lead as Peterhansel, Sainz, Al-Attiyah delayed

Nani Roma ended up in the Dakar Rally lead as the event's three biggest names all hit trouble on Tuesday's third stage

Dakar: Roma takes lead as Peterhansel, Sainz, Al-Attiyah delayed

The San Rafael to San Juan stage was altered prior to the start due to recent extreme weather, and a swollen river then forced the top crews to take a further diversion off the planned route.

Monday leader Stephane Peterhansel was worst affected, picking up six punctures while battling through vegetation and dropping 28 minutes to his stage-winning X-raid Mini team-mate Roma.

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz were also delayed, losing 10 and 15 minutes respectively.

Roma had a trouble-free run and jumped from fourth to first in the overall standings.

He now leads fellow X-raid man Orlando Terranova - who stopped on the stage to give Peterhansel a spare tyre - by nine minutes overall, with Al-Attiyah just 54 seconds behind Terranova to complete an all-Mini top three.

Sainz and Peterhansel fell to fourth and fifth. Eleven-time winner Peterhansel will resume on Wednesday 24 minutes down on Roma.

Leading stage three times:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car         Time/Gap
 1.  Nani Roma             X-raid Mini      2h58m52s
 2.  Krzsyztof Holowczyc   X-raid Mini        +1m07s
 3.  Leeroy Poulter        Imperial Toyota    +3m19s
 4.  Orlando Terranova     X-raid Mini        +4m54s
 5.  Guerlain Chicherit    EVR Chevrolet      +6m52s
 6.  Robby Gordon          Gordon Hummer      +7m02s
 7.  Nasser Al-Attiyah     X-raid Mini       +10m09s
 8.  Erik Wevers           Riwald Ford       +10m39s
 9.  Federico Villagra     X-raid Mini       +10m54s
10.  Erik van Loon         XDakar Ford       +11m01s

Leading overall positions after stage three:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car         Time/Gap
 1.  Nani Roma             X-raid Mini      9h20m13s
 2.  Orlando Terranova     X-raid Mini        +9m06s
 3.  Nasser Al-Attiyah     X-raid Mini       +10m00s
 4.  Carlos Sainz          SMG Buggy         +12m02s
 5.  Stephane Peterhansel  X-raid Mini       +24m08s
 6.  Giniel de Villiers    Imperial Toyota   +26m23s
 7.  Christian Lavieille   Haval             +31m23s
 8.  Krzsyztof Holowczyc   X-raid Mini       +33m56s
 9.  Erik Wevers           Riwald Ford       +44m39s
10.  Leeroy Poulter        Imperial Toyota   +45m10s
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