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Multi time Dakar winner Sainct killed in Egyptian Rally...

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Sad news posted on Cycle News...

The following release is from KTM...

KTM regrets to announce the death of three-time Rally Dakar winner Richard Sainct.

Richard crashed to his death today while competing in the “Rallye des Pharaons” in Egypt.

Medical services attended the scene of Richard´s accident promptly but were unable to save him.

KTM will now withdraw all factory riders from the rest of the Rally in respect of Richard´s memory.

Our thoughts are with Richard´s family and children.

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I was watching wind tunnel last nite and they said he was involved in a 4 bike wreck that was not typical for this kind of event. Does anybody know any specifics?

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I was watching wind tunnel last nite and they said he was involved in a 4 bike wreck that was not typical for this kind of event. Does anybody know any specifics?

That report doesn't "jive" with another report from ABC News:

Dakar winner Sainct killed in Rally of the Pharaohs

Three-time Dakar Rally winner Richard Sainct has been killed in an accident during the fourth stage of the Rally of the Pharoahs in Egypt.

The 34-year-old French rider fell 285 kilometres into the first special from Baharia to Siwa during a day of fast racing on sandy and slightly uneven ground.

There were no witnesses to the accident with organisers being alerted by riders who arrived on the scene minutes later.

"Sainct was transported unconscious but still alive to the mobile clinic. It was shortly after being admitted that he died. We don't know the exact nature of his injuries which brought about his death," Race organiser Massimo Garbaccio told AFP from his Rome office.

"The body was transported to the hospital at Siwa and then to Cairo. We're all very shocked."

Sainct's KTM team withdrew from the race the Frenchman won in 2002, but as a tribute the fifth stage will only have one special instead of two.

The Frenchman won the Paris-Dakar three times, riding for BMW in 1999 and 2000, and KTM in 2003, and was runner-up this year.

He also rode for Japanese teams Kawasaki and Honda in his early career.

--AFP

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