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Image gallery: Stage 2 of the 2017 Dakar Rally

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04 Jan 2017 20:26:45 IST

The second stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally was completed yesterday, with participants heading from Resistencia to San Miguel De Tucuman. They covered a total distance of 812km, of which 284km were part of the competitive section. The stage took participants through a region nicknamed Chaco, due to the fine chalk-like dust present in there. However, the route was made quite tricky because of the unmarked puddles of water and slush that had formed due to the previous days' rain.

Here's a glimpse of what happened in Day 2in images:

Dakar-2017-Stage-2-Sebastien-Loeb-Peugeot- Stage 2Sebastien Loeb won the stage with a total time of 2hr6m55s, and took the overall lead from Nasser Al-Attiyah by a close 28s.

Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT) of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA races during stage 2 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Resistencia to San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina on January 3, 2017. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170103-00413 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Al-Attiyah of Toyota Gazoo Racing, finished 1m23s behind Loeb in this stage

Carlos Sainz, in his Peugeot 3008 DKR, finished third in Stage 2, and currently sits in third place overall, 1m56s behind LoebCarlos Sainz, in his Peugeot 3008 DKR, finished third in Stage 2, and currently sits in third place overall, 1m56s behind Loeb

Sebastien Loeb makes his way through one of the slushier sections of the stage. This gives us an idea of what the bikers would have had to go through tooSebastien Loeb makes his way through one of the slushier sections of the stage, caused by the recent rain

Red Bull KTM's Toby Price took the lead in the Bike category after winning the stage by 3m51sRed Bull KTM's Toby Price took the lead in the Bike category after winning the stage by 3m51s

Paulo Gonalves of Team Honda Racing, finished second in the stage and is second in the overall standings by 2m54sPaulo Gonalves of Team Honda Racing, finished second in the stage and is second in the overall standings by 2m54s

Hero MotoSports Team Rally's Joaquim Rodrigues had a mishap in Stage 2 as he slid and crashed at one of the unmarked puddles. This caused his GPS to malfunction and forced him to slow down to avoid another crashHero MotoSports Team Rally's Joaquim Rodrigues had a mishap in Stage 2 as he slid and crashed at one of the unmarked puddles. This caused his GPS to malfunction and forced him torely solely on his road book for guidance

Despite having to slow down to avoid crashing again, Rodrigues managed to finish the stage in 22nd place with a time of 2hr51m53s. He is now 22nd in the overall standings tooDespite having to slow down to avoid crashing again, Rodrigues managed to finish the stage in 22nd place with a time of 2hr51m53s. He is now 22nd in the overall standings

Hero MotoSports Team Rally - CS Santosh - Dakar 2017 - Stage 2His team-mate, CS Santosh, took a cautious approach in the first half of the stage, but managed to find his pace later on and finished the stage in 41st place. This moved him up 10 places in the overall standings to 37th

TVS Sherco's Aravind KP, who suffered two fractures after a fall in Stage 1, insisted on carrying on racing in Day 2. He finished the stage in 127th place, and is 125th overallTVS Sherco's Aravind KP, who suffered two fractures after a fall in Stage 1, insisted on carrying on racing in Day 2. He finished the stage in 127th place and is 125th overall

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