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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 January 2006, 14:07 GMT
Sainz takes second stage victory
Carlos Sainz
Sainz also won the opening stage on Sunday
Former world rally champion Carlos Sainz of Spain made it two wins in two stages on day two of the Dakar Rally.

Sainz, driving a Volkswagen, was fastest over the 115km special stage in southern Portugal, clocking one hour 34 minutes 28 seconds.

That was 25 seconds quicker than France's Luc Alphand in a Mitsubishi and 34 seconds ahead of Nasser Saleh Al Alliyah of Qatar in a BMW.

The Spaniard now leads overall by 3mins 45secs, ahead of Alphand.

Portugal's Ruben Faria, riding a KTM, won the motorbike section of the second stage, clocking 1hr 37min 7sec.

He finished ahead of Spain's Esteve Pujol by 1min 7sec with David Casteu of France further back at 1:28.

Following the timed section, the competitors travel to Malaga in southern Spain to complete the day's 567km stage.

From Malaga, they have a seven-hour boat trip to Morocco for Monday's 672km third stage, between Nador and Er Rachidia, with a 314km timed section.

The rally runs until 15 January and also visits Mali, Mauritania, Guinea and Senegal.

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