Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:5PM
Peugeot's driver Stephane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean Paul Cottret of France compete during the Stage 7 of the Dakar 2017 between La Paz and Uyuni, Bolivia, on January 9, 2017. (AFP)
Peugeot's driver Stephane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean Paul Cottret of France compete during the Stage 7 of the Dakar 2017 between La Paz and Uyuni, Bolivia, on January 9, 2017. (AFP)

French driver Stephane Peterhansel has extended his lead over Sebastien Loeb at the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally in Bolivia.

After a rest day in La Paz, Monday’s stage was reduced and changed significantly from the original schedule as torrential rain continued to wreak havoc in the Bolivian section of the off-road race.

Peterhansel finished the stage in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 8 seconds to earn his second win of the event and increase his lead by 48 seconds.

The Frenchman now holds a lead of one minute, 57 seconds over Peugeot teammate Loeb with Toyota’s Spanish driver Nani Roma 11 minutes off the pace in third.