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And just like that, it's over — not that victory for S bastien Loeb (r) and navigator Daniel Elena (l) at this year's Monte Carlo Rally was ever seriously in jeopardy. The two prevailed, even despite some hardcore heel-nipping by Citroen teammate Dani Sordo and co-driver Marc Marti — who displayed a tenacity that could outshine the champeen Loebster this season. As for third-place Marcus Gr nholm, better luck in Sweden. MVP to the Chris Atkinson, who took Ford-BP's Mikko Hirvonen in the final shootout on the Monaco streets to leapfrog into fourth place.

Loeb eases to Monte Carlo victory [BBC Sport]

Monte Carlo Rally: Leg 3 Recap [internal]