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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 January 2007, 09:53 GMT
Loeb eases to Monte Carlo victory
Sebastien Loeb celebrates victory in the Monte Carlo Rally
Loeb has won 29 of his 83 World Rally starts
Triple world champion Sebastien Loeb cruised to victory on Sunday's final day of the Monte Carlo Rally.

Loeb, 32, led home Spanish team-mate Dani Sordo for a one-two finish on the debut of Citroen's new C4, his 29th win alongside co-pilot Daniel Elena.

Finn Marcus Gronholm, in a Ford, came home third overall.

The final 2.8km stage around the streets of Monaco was won by Chris Atkinson in his Subaru Impreza, lifting him to fourth ahead of Mikko Hirvonen.

Loeb won six of the 15 stages and led from start to finish.

"It's a victory, and our fourth in Monte Carlo, so it's very good," he said.

"Starting the season with 10 points is important for the championship.

"The feeling was very good with the car, and it was very fast, so I have to thank the team for doing such a good job on it."

Loeb's victory was all the more impressive given he is still recovering from a broken arm suffered in a mountain bike accident in September.

"The feeling with my arm is good," he added. "Starting with a 46km stage on Friday made it a bit tired, but it is okay."

Result after 15 stages:                             

 1 S Loeb (Fra) Citroen 3hrs 10mins 27.4secs
 D Sordo (Spa) Citroen 3:11:05.6
 3 M Gronholm (Fin) Ford 3:11:50.2
 4 C Atkinson (Aus) Subaru 3:12:55.5
 5 M Hirvonen (Fin) Ford  3:12:55.7
 6 P Solberg (Nor) Subaru  3:13:39.4
 7 T Gardemeister (Fin) M'bishi 3:14:05.5
 8 J Kopecky (Cze) Skoda  3:15:06.8
 9 J Cuoq (Fra) Peugeot 3:16:27.1
10 M Stohl (Nor) Ford 3:17:04.7

11 G MacHale (Ire) Ford 3:21:38.0
12 M Wilson (GB) Ford 3:23:38.4

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