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Loeb takes lead after Ogier flat tire, Neuville wins stage and follows sixth in Monte Carlo Rally


With only the powerstage to do, Sébastien Loeb (Ford Puma Rally1) has taken the lead from Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris Rally1) in the Monte Carlo. Ogier punctured and now has to chase. The difference between the two riders is 9.5 seconds. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) is still sixth.


A sunny carefree Sunday morning suddenly took a dramatic turn when Ogier punctured the 19.37 km stage La Penne-Collongues. After stage wins in the opening stage of Loeb and in the following stage of Neuville, it looked as if Ogier would win the Monte Carlo for the ninth time. Ogier was 24.6 seconds ahead of Loeb at that time. But that lead melted like snow in the sun as soon as Ogier punctured. All that remains for the riders is the powerstage of 14.26 km.

And not only Loeb had a puncture, but also our compatriot Grégoire Munster who participates in the Monte Carlo with a Luxembourg license. Munster punctured on the second stage of the day, lost 2:37.5 and dropped from ninth to twelfth place. The punctures may be a result of the limited number of tires available to riders. That tire stock includes snow and stud tires that were hardly used. Because there was no snow and ice, the participants had to make do with a limited supply of soft and very soft tires.


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