Peterhansel given Dakar Rally lead back after collision with biker

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel has reclaimed the Dakar Rally lead after being given back time following his collision with KTM motorcycle rider Simon Marcic

Peterhansel given Dakar Rally lead back after collision with biker

Peterhansel's Peugeot 3008DKR collided with Marcic early on in Thursday's Salta-Chilecito stage and the Slovenian rider sustained a broken leg.

Last year's Dakar winner Peterhansel remained with Marcic for some time after the collision, awaiting the arrival of the medical helicopter before continuing on with the stage.

He finished the test 6m45s behind nearest rival Sebastien Loeb, but was given 14m13s back by organisers.

Peterhansel has therefore inherited the stage win and now leads Loeb by 5m50s with two days and 190 timed miles to go.

Speaking to the media after he completed the stage, a visibly shaken Peterhansel said the incident could have been fatal for Marcic.

"I was lost and he was lost," said Peterhansel.

"It was in the rio [riverbed] but not a good rio. Everybody was lost. I was not really fast, probably 60 kilometres [per hour], but it was some vegetation, so it was not possible to see him.

"He was also not really fast, maybe 40km/h - but suddenly when he saw me, he braked really hard and he crashed.

"I braked also really hard but I was not able to change direction. I stopped. The impact was not really strong but he was under the car.

"My co-pilot [Jean-Paul Cottret] went out of the car, checked the situation. I put on the reverse [gear], and he [Marcic] was OK.

"He had a really big impact on his leg, but his head was OK, was clear, he was completely clear.

"And he said directly 'I have the leg broken'. We stayed, I don't know, probably 15 minutes with him, we waited for the medical helicopter.

"Navigation was really, really complicated and there was a lot of possibility to lose the good rio.

"It's not a problem from the organiser, it's just that they wanted to do a really complicated stage and with this complicated stage everyone was lost.

"After we had the accident with the biker, after I saw maybe 20 bikers arriving from the opposite direction. After that it was very complicated to be focused on the track.

"In the end, it's only a leg broken - but if I touched, for example, the head of the guy, it could've possibly killed the guy."

LEADING POSITIONS AFTER STAGE 10:

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LEADING STAGE 10 TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Stephane Peterhansel Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 4h47m00.s
2 Sebastien Loeb Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 7m28.s
3 Cyril Despres Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 10m01.s
4 Yazeed Al-Rajhi X-Raid Mini John Cooper Works Rally Team Mini/BMW 19m03.s
5 Orlando Terranova X-Raid Mini John Cooper Works Rally Team Mini/BMW 20m12.s
6 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Toyota 22m48.s
7 Conrad Rautenbach Overdrive Toyota Toyota 34m23.s
8 Nicolas Fuchs Wevers Sport Ford 34m23.s
9 Martin Prokop MP Sports Ford 38m55.s
10 Nani Roma Overdrive Toyota Toyota 38m57.s

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