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Portuguese Goncalves dies after crash in Dakar Rally

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Published on January 12, 2020 - Duration: 00:35s

Portuguese Goncalves dies after crash in Dakar Rally

Veteran rider Paulo Goncalves is killed while competing on the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

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Portuguese Goncalves dies after crash in Dakar Rally

SHOWS: NEAR UYUNI, BOLIVIA (FILE JANUARY 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1.

PAULO GONCALVES DURING THE DAKAR RALLY 2016 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (FILE JANUARY 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 2.

GONCALVES DURING THE DEPARTURE CEREMONY FOR DAKAR RALLY 2016 UNKNOWN LOCATION, SAUDI ARABIA (JANUARY 12, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 3.

GONCALVES DURING STAGE 7 OF THE 2020 RALLY UNKNOWN LOCATION, SAUDI ARABIA (JANUARY 9, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 4.

GONCALVES DURING STAGE 5 UNKNOWN LOCATION, SAUDI ARABIA (JANUARY 12, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 5.

GONCALVES DURING STAGE 7 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (FILE JANUARY 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 6.

GONCALVES SMILING AFTYER TECHNICAL CHECKS AHEAD OF THE DAKAR RALLY 2016 STORY: Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves died following a crash in the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia on Sunday (January 12), organisers said.

The 40-year-old Hero Motorsports rider, taking part in his 13th Dakar Rally since making his debut in 2006, suffered fatal injuries after a fall 276km into Sunday's special stage from Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir.

"The organisers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the biker at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest," organisers said in a statement.

"Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead.

"The entire Dakar caravan would like to extend its sincere condolences to his friends and family." Goncalves finished in the top 10 at the Dakar Rally four times and was runner-up to Marc Coma in 2015.

He was 46th overall after the sixth stage on Friday.

(Production: Jim Hatley)

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