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Today's thrilling stage saw Team #peugeot Total's Peterhansel/Cottret and Loeb/Elena engage in a breath-taking clash which saw them complete the leg's 292 competitive kilometres split by just 18 seconds. With only one day remaining, Peterhansel/Cottret are in a strong position to win the 2017 #dakar Rally thanks to an overnight cushion of 5m32s over Loeb/Elena.
• There was always a strong possibility that Leg 11 of the 2017 #dakar Rally would prove decisive ahead of Saturday's short competitive burst, and the expected battle lived up every bit to its promise. The two Team #peugeot Total crews involved in the final run-in for this year's victory gave it everything they had at the wheel of their respective #peugeot 3008DKRs. Loeb/Elena began by making up almost half of their overnight deficit, but their bid was seriously dented when they were forced to stop and change a wheel after picking up a puncture through the first corner of the second part of the stage.
• In addition to securing Team #peugeot Total's fifth one-two finish of the 2017 #dakar Rally (including three one-two-three finishes), second place for Peterhansel/Cottret on today's test – just 18 seconds short of Loeb/Elena – has put them in an enviable position at the top of tonight's leaderboard, 5m32s clear of their Franco-Monegasque team-mates.
• With little to play for, Despres/Castera produced a perfectly paced, risk-free run. Their cautious drive in the N°307 #peugeot 3008DKR allowed them to defend their third place in the provisional overall standings
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