Dakar - Bikes: Pedredo takes stage four, Despres suffers engine breakdown

Spain’s Juan Pedredo took stage four of the Dakar Rally as defending champion Cyril Despres suffered an engine breakdown to leave him over 40 minutes adrift in the overall standings.

Pedredo’s time of 5:29:13 saw him finish 29 seconds clear of Chile’s Francisco Lopez Contardo.

Frenchman Despres was second heading into Wednesday’s stage but an engine fault forced him to stop for more than half an hour, moving him down the order to sixth.

"My positioning system broke. I had to do a little handiwork to repair it," said Despres.

"But I am not discouraged. The day that I give up is the day I go home. I love this race and there are plenty of stages left before the finish at Valparaiso on January 18."

Stage 4 result

1 Juan Pedrero Garcia (ESP) 5:29:13

2 Francisco Lopez Contardo (CHI) 5:29:42 +29

3 Marc Coma (ESP) 5:32:23 +03:10

4 Jeremias Israel Esquerre (CHI) 5:35:43 +06:30

5 Olivier Pain (FRA) 5:36:14 +07:01

6 Joan Barreda Bort (ESP) 5:43:09 +13:56

7 Paulo Goncalves (POR) 5:47:51 +18:38

8 Ivan Jakes (SVK) 5:48:43 +19:30

9 Alain Duclos (FRA) 5:52:26 +23:13

10 Daniel Gouet (CHI) 5:53:51 +24:38

Overall standings

1 Joan Barreda Bort 15:39:53

2 Marc Coma + 3:10

3 Francisco Lopez Contardo + 5:12

4 Alain Duclos + 25:55

5 Olivier Pain + 29:38

6 Cyril Despres + 41:17

7 David Casteu + 42:17

8 Jeremias Israel Esquerre + 46:33

9 Jordi Viladoms + 49:14

10 Jakub Przygonski + 54:52