Dakar - Trucks: De Rooy makes it three from three

Dutchman Gerard de Rooy continued the defence of his truck title with a third consecutive win on stage three of this year's Dakar Rally.

De Rooy put in a flawless performance to pace the route from Pisco to Nazca, while his team-mate Miki Biasion of Italy finished in third.

Splitting the Iveco pair was Russian Eduard Nikolaev, who landed a top three spot for Kamaz for the first time this year.

Stage Three results:

1 Gerard de Rooy (NED) 2:55:58

2 Eduard Nikolaev (RUS) 2:57:22 +01:24

3 Miki Biasion (ITA) 2:58:29 +02:31

4 Ales Loprais (CZE) 3:00:41 +04:43

5 Pieter Versluis (NED) 3:02:30 +06:32

6 Ayrat Mardeev (RUS) 3:08:49 +12:51

7 Andrey Karginov (RUS) 3:10:48 +14:50

8 Marcel van Vliet (NED) 3:14:34 +18:36

9 Artur Ardavichus (KAZ) 3:14:43 +18:45

10 Martin Kolomy (CZE) 3:15:00 +19:02

FULL STAGE RESULTS