Duval crash stops stage

The sixth stage of the Monte Carlo Rally has been stopped after an accident befell second-placed Citroen driver Francois Duval

Duval crash stops stage

His co-driver Stephane Prevot has been taken to Niece Hospital complaining of leg pains after the duo's Xsara hit a telegraph pole.

The impact (which was on the co-driver's side of the car) brought the pole down across the road, blocking the stage.

Skoda's Armin Schwarz then crashed heavily on SS7, which most of the lead cars had begun by the time Duval went off. Schwarz has been taken to hospital having reportedly suffered a shoulder injury.

Schwarz's team-mate Alexandre Bengue was the fastest man through SS6 before it was stopped, having outpaced all bar rally leader Sebastien Loeb - who was unable to complete the stage after Duval's accident. Loeb was given a notional time (equal to Bengue's) and now leads new second place man Marcus Gronholm by 1m38s.

Stephane Sarrazin's first drive for the Subaru World Rally Team has also come to an early end after the Frenchman crashed out 2km from the end of the stage.

The sometime Formula 1 driver had been running tenth after losing time with braking problems on leg one and then two spins on this morning's first stage.

He then went off again 2km from the end of the Toudon-St Antonin stage and broke a wheel, ending his rally.

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