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Al-Attiyah wins Dakar Stage 11 in searing heat

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Mini driver Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar and co-pilot Matthieu Baumel of France (AP)
Mini driver Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar and co-pilot Matthieu Baumel of France (AP)

San Juan - Last year's winner Nasser Al-Attiyah won Thursday's Dakar Rally 11th stage, held in searing heat which made the going extra tough for the motorbike competitors.

Mini driver Al-Attiyah picked up his second stage victory of this year's Dakar, completing the drive from La Rioja to San Juan almost six minutes clear of Sebastien Loeb.

Nine-time world rally champion and Dakar debutant Loeb crossed the line in unorthodox fashion, his Peugeot being towed by team-mate Cyril Despres after it had packed up a handful of kilometres from the finish.

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