Carlos Sousa of Portugal leads after Stage 1 of the 2014 Dakar Rally. (Photo: Dakar)

Carlos Sousa leads after Stage 1 of the 2014 Dakar Rally. (Photo: Dakar)

Carlos Sousa of Portugal and Joan Barreda Bort of Spain led the Dakar Rally after Sunday’s first stage in Argentina.

Sousa topped the car division, 11 seconds ahead of Orlando Terranova of Argentina and 47 in front of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar. Two of the pre-race favorites were just behind — Carlos Sainz of Spain was in fifth place and 11-time champion Stephane Peterhansel of France was sixth.