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Dakar 2009 - Bikes: Tragedy as Viladoms wins

2009-01-15 10:45:07 GMT2009-01-15 18:45:07 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Spain's Marc Coma rides his KTM during the tenth stage of the South American edition of the Dakar 2009 rally, from Copiapo to Copiapo, January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE)

Jordi Viladoms of Spain steers his KTM during the 10th stage of the 2009 Dakar Rally, a loop which begins and ends in Copiapo, Chile. Viladoms won the stage in ther motorbike section ahead of Franco-Malian rider Alain Duclos (KTM) and 8:29 ahead of Portuguese biker Helder Rodriguez, also on a KTM. (AFP/Martin Bernetti)

Marc Coma of Spain steers his KTM during the 10th stage of the Dakar 2009, around Copiapo, Chile. Jordi Viladoms of Spain won the stage in the motorbike category but Coma retained the lead of the race. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)

Spanish rider Jordi Viladoms won the motorbike section of the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally while there was further tragedy as Cristobal Guerrero was left in a coma.

KTM rider Viladoms finished one minute and six seconds ahead of Franco-Malian rider Alain Duclos and 8:29 ahead of Portuguese biker Helder Rodriguez, both of whom also rode KTMs.

Viladoms's compatriot Marc Coma retained the overall lead and increased his lead over second-placed rider David Fretigne of France despite finishing 12:17 behind the stage winner.

Spanish rider Guerrero was left in a coma after crashing 160km into the 10th stage, a 476km loop starting and finishing in the Chilean desert city of Copiapo.

Organisers said they would give an update on the 48-year-old's condition after he had undergone a scan.

The race has already claimed the life of French motorcyclist Pascal Terry whose body was found on January 7, three days after he went missing during the second stage in Argentina.

(Agencies)

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