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Loeb closing in on Monte Carlo win

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MONACO (AP)

Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb of France won two of three stages Friday to extend his overall lead on the third day of the Monte Carlo Rally.

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Loeb, competing in one of only four races this season after going into semi-retirement, has won six of the past seven Monte Carlo Rallies. The Citroen driver leads countryman Sebastien Ogier by 1 minute, 47.4 seconds.

Loeb won stages one and three to add 13 seconds to his overnight lead over Ogier, who also drives a Citroen.

Norway's Mads Ostberg won the other stage of the day.

The 38-year-old Loeb won't secure a 10th straight world title because he'll only race in Sweden, Argentina and France this year.

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