Qatar''s Al-Attiyah wins third stage of Dakar Rally

BUENOS AIRES: Qatar''s Nasser Al Attiyah won the third stage of the Dakar Rally by edging former world rally champion Carlos Sainz of Spain, who still leads the overall ranking.

Al Attiyah, who also won the rally''s first stage, finished the 551-kilometre ride in four hours 29 minutes 27 seconds in his BMW across the Patagonian steppe from Puerto Madryn to Ingeniero Jacobacci in Argentina.

Sainz was 35 seconds behind, while his Volkswagen teammate Dieter Depping of Germany was third, 1:40 back.

Sainz won the second stage and is 3:40 ahead of Al Attiyah after three legs, and 5:45 ahead of Giniel de Villiers of South Africa.