Dakar 2021, Stage 10: Benavides takes lead as Cornejo retires

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Kevin Benavides moved into the lead of the Dakar Rally after overnight leader Jose Cornejo retired from the race following a crash on Wednesday's Stage 10.
Honda rider Cornejo had held a substantial 11 minute lead heading into the 342km test between Neom and Alula, with a maiden win in his sight.

But the Chilean rider suffered a major crash 252km into the stage and, although he was able to make it to the finish, it was later announced that he has been forced to retire due to a "risk of concussion."

Organiser ASO said that Cornejo "was not feeling well", with sources close to the rider telling Motorsport.com that he had received a heavy hit on his head in the crash and was airlifted to a hospital after his arrival.

As the third-last stage of Dakar began, Benavides grabbed the lead despite starting first on the road, with reigning champion Ricky Brabec and Cornejo…
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