Dakar - Trucks: Loprais takes stage nine win

Ales Loprais of the Czech Republic took victory on stage nine of the Dakar Rally.

Loprais completed the route from San Miguel de Tucuman to Cordoba in a time of three hours, 18 minutes and 32 seconds.

Dutchman Pieter Versluis was second, just seven seconds behind Loprais, with Andrey Karginov of Russia third.

The 10th stage on Tuesday will see the drivers negotiate the terrain from Cordoba to La Rioja in Argentina.

Stage nine results:

1 Ales Loprais (CZE) 3:18:32

2 Pieter Versluis (NED) 3:18:39 +07

3 Andrey Karginov (RUS) 3:20:08 +01:36

4 Martin Kolomy (CZE) 3:20:45 +02:13

5 Marcel van Vliet (NED) 3:21:10 +02:38

6 Eduard Nikolaev (RUS) 3:22:06 +03:34

7 Martin van den Brink (NED) 3:23:52 +05:20

8 Pieter van den Bosch (NED) 3:24:40 +06:08

9 Jos Smink (NED) 3:25:02 +06:30

10 Tomáš Vratný (CZE) 3:28:09 +09:37

Overall standings:

1 Eduard Nikolaev 23:10:20

2 Martin Kolomy + 17:56

3 Ayrat Mardeev + 33:32

4 Gerard de Rooy + 59:56

5 Andrey Karginov + 1:00:04

6 Ales Loprais + 1:31:37

7 Pieter Versluis + 1:50:01

8 Marcel van Vliet + 1:54:05

9 René Kuipers + 2:28:12

10 Martin van den Brink + 2:43:16