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    Russia's Vladimir Chagin, piloting a Kamaz truck, has won the first stage of the 2011 Dakar Rally's truck class from Victoria to Cordoba in Argentina, the rally website reported.

    Russia's Vladimir Chagin, piloting a Kamaz truck, has won the first stage of the 2011 Dakar Rally's truck class in Argentina, the rally website reported.

    Six-time Dakar champion Chagin completed the 222-km (138-mile) distance from Victoria to Cordoba in 2 hours 44 minutes 22 seconds, 4 minutes 41 seconds ahead of Czech Ales Loprais (Tatra) and 5:52 ahead of his teammate Firdaus Kabirov.

    The victory was the 57th stage win for Chagin.

    The rally, originally called Paris-Dakar, is taking place in South America for the third consecutive year and runs until January 16.

     

    MOSCOW, January 3 (RIA Novosti)

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