Sanders loses way and lead in Dakar rally

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Australia's Daniel Sanders has taken a wrong turn in the Saudi Arabian desert which cost him the lead in the gruelling Dakar Rally.

The 27-year-old Victorian won the prologue and the first stage to take a three-minute lead into the second stage.

However, he suffered the fate of many of his rivals on the previous day when he misread the terrain and went the wrong way.

"We missed a way point because we went one valley too far to the left," said Sanders. "We spent a fair bit of time there trying to find it. I lost about 20 minutes, so it was pretty crazy."

That error meant Sanders finished 23rd in the stage to drop to third overall, three minutes, 29 seconds off the lead.

His British teammate Sam Sunderland in Spain's GasGas team took over the running with Frenchman Adrien van Beveren second.

Spaniard Joan Barreda was the stage winner on a Honda with Australia's Toby Price recovering from his poor opening stage with a fifth-place finish.

He tweeted: "Today was a little better! Got a better result but lost some time. Most of the guys did a good navigation day, but we are in one piece, the bike feels good and I'm comfortable... plenty more days to come!"

Price is now 15th, 32 mins, 48 secs behind Sunderland in the two-week event.

Molly Taylor, the first Australian woman to compete in the Dakar, remained in 10th place alongside compatriot Dale Moscatt in the SSV class - four-wheel side-by-side vehicles.

The pair came eighth in the stage and now lie an hour and 11 minutes adrift of the leaders, Austin Jones (US) and Gustavo Gugelmin (Brazil).

In the cars category nine-times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb won Monday's second stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia to trim Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah's overall lead to just over nine minutes.

The 47-year-old Frenchman finished three minutes and 28 seconds ahead of the Toyota driver, who won Saturday's prologue and Sunday's first stage but had to go first and clear the way on Monday's 338km timed stage from Ha'il to Al Qaisumah.

The overnight bivouac was moved from Al Artawiya due to heavy rain, with a planned marathon stage cancelled.

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