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Carlos Sainz of Spain wins 4th stage and takes overall lead in Dakar Rally

  • Mini driver Joan "Nani" Roma of Spain and co-pilot Michel Perin of France races during the third stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of San Rafael and San Juan in San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jean-Paul Pleissier, Pool)

    Mini driver Joan "Nani" Roma of Spain and co-pilot Michel Perin of France races during the third stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of San Rafael and San Juan in San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Jean-Paul Pleissier, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Honda rider Joan Barreda of Spain races during the third stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of San Rafael and San Juan in San Juan, Argentina,  Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.(AP Photo/Jean-Paul Pleissier, Pool)

    Honda rider Joan Barreda of Spain races during the third stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of San Rafael and San Juan in San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.(AP Photo/Jean-Paul Pleissier, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Carlos Sainz of Spain won Wednesday's fourth stage of the Dakar Rally and moved into first place in the overall standings in the car division.

Sainz finished the stage 6:04 ahead of 11-time champion Stephane Peterhansel of France and 8:58 in front of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar. Sainz leads fellow Spaniard Nani Roma by 2:06 in the overall standings. Peterhansel is 18:10 behind in fifth place.

In bikes, Juan Pedrero of Spain won the stage, 29 seconds ahead of Francisco Lopez of Chile and with a 3:10 advantage on fellow Spaniard Marc Coma. Joan Barreda Bort of Spain kept the overall lead. Coma is 3:10 behind, and Lopez is 5:12 off the pace.

Thursday's stage goes north from Chilecito to Tucuman. The rally finishes Jan. 18 in Valapariso, Chile.