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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)
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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.