2021 Dakar Stage 4 ran from Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Riyadh. The 813-km long marathon is the longest on the 2021 edition of the off-road race. Only 337 km of the total was set aside for racing. Click here to read our stage three race report.

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Stage 3 winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Hilux) was again the first to set off. He was challenged throughout the stage by Dakar rookie and the man who finished second on the third leg, Henk Lategan (Hilux). The young South African even led the stage for a brief while. After a forgetful stage 3, where a navigation error cost a lot of time, it was defending champion Carlos Sainz (Mini) who made a charge later in 2021 Dakar stage 4.

At the end of the fourth stage it was Al-Attiyah who grabbed another stage victory, his third in a row. Stephane Peterhansel (Mini) closed the gap to the stage winner by finishing second ahead of Lategan, who had another good day in the saddle. Sebastien Loeb had another flyer and finished fourth ahead of Sainz. Peterhansel retains the overall lead of the event by less than five minutes over Al-Attiyah. Sainz is now back up to third place in the general standings.

General classification after 2021 Dakar Stage 4

  1. Stephane Peterhansel Mini                      13 hours 15 min 12 sec
  2. Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota                 +4 min 58 sec
  3. Carlos Sainz                Mini                      +36 min 19 sec
  4. Sebastien Loeb BRX                       +48 min 14 sec
  5. Henk Lategan                Toyota                 +48 min 44 sec
  6. Jakub Przygonski Toyota                 +49 min 16 sec
  7. Mathieu Serradori Century                +51 min 58 sec
  8. Sheik Khalid Al Qassimi Peugeot               +59 min 19 sec
  9. Martin Prokop                Ford                      +1 hour 08 min 51 sec
  10. Nani Roma                BRX                       +1 hour 17 min 50 sec