PHOTOS | All the Stage 3 action captured as crews battle the unforgiving Saudi desert

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• Stage 3 of Dakar 2021 was won by Nasser Al-Attiyah.

• The Qatari driver is second overall and closing in on Stephane Peterhansel.

• Peterhansel has won the Dakar a record 13-times.

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It's been a tough day for teams as the third stage of Dakar 2021 got underway. Several crews suffered punctures or navigational troubles, while others made the most of the trying conditions to get out on top.

At the end of the stage, Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel finished the stage with the fastest time. However, the biggest surprise was Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings who fought their way from starting in 14th place to finish in second. Both crews race for Toyota Gazoo Racing in South African-built Hilux bakkies.

'Mr Dakar' Stephane Peterhansel is still the overall leader, but Al-Attiyah is steadily gaining ground on the 13-time champion. Al-Attiyah is the 2020 Dakar champion and is looking to defend his title successfully.

See the gallery of images below. Click on the white arrows to scroll through the pictures.

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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
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Action on Stage 3 of Dakar 2021
Compiled by: Charlen Raymond
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