Toby Price crashes out of Dakar

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Toby Price (AUS) of Red Bull KTM Factory Team races during stage 04 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Jujuy, Argentina to Tupiza, Bolivia on January 05, 2017 // Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Pre-race favourite Toby Price is airlifted off the course with a broken left femur.

Motorbike favourite Toby Price has crashed out of the Dakar Rally on Stage 4, ending his hopes of retaining the title.

Price, who won last year’s event by more than 40 minutes, had been among the leading contenders in the event despite a navigational issue dropping him down to fifth on Stage 3.

But on Thursday, after being in the lead of the stage after a slow start, he crashed out and had to be airlifted to hospital with his broken limb.

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Toby Price (AUS) of Red Bull KTM Factory Team races during stage 04 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Jujuy, Argentina to Tupiza, Bolivia on January 05, 2017 // Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool 

It means that with the 29-year-old Australian out of the running, the motorbike class will see a new event winner. Austria’s Matthias Walkner took Stage 4 but Joan Barreda leads the field after four days of action.

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