Cherpin, 52, died during his medical transfer to France after he crashed at 178 kilometres per hour on Sunday.
Thirteen-time winner Stephane Peterhansel rounded out the podium, stretching his lead in the overall standings over Nasser al-Attiyah to six minutes, 11 seconds.
Nearest challenger and reigning champion, Nasser al-Attiyah, had managed to cut Sainz’s lead to just 24 seconds on Tuesday but fell back after navigation blunders.
Two-time world rally champion Sainz, whose son Carlos Sainz Jr drives for McLaren in Formula One, previously won the Dakar in 2010 and 2018.
Carlos Sainz moves ever closer to an overall win.
Sainz took full advantage of navigational problems by closest rivals Nasser Al-Attiyah, the defending champion, and France’s ‘Mr. Dakar’, Stephane Peterhansel.

Dakar WATCH: Dakar stage nine highlights

With the gruelling race’s climax fast approaching, things are hotting up among the contenders.

Dakar Pressure on Sainz as Peterhansel edges Al-Attiyah

It was ‘Mr Dakar’s’ third stage win of this Dakar, being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Dakar WATCH: Dakar stage eight highlights

Giniel de Villiers made up time on leading car class trio Carlos Sainz, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stéphane Peterhansel after stage eight of the 2020 Dakar Rally.

Dakar WATCH: Dakar stage seven highlights

It was a day of tragedy in Saudi Arabia.

Dakar Dakar Rally in mourning as Portuguese rider Goncalves dies in crash

Motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves’ death cast a pall over the seventh stage action won by Carlos Sainz in a Mini.

Dakar Spanish veteran Sainz bosses Dakar stage five

Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, nicknamed ‘Mr Dakar’ for his 13 victories in the marathon rally, followed up on his victory in Wednesday’s fourth stage with a third-placed finish.

Dakar WATCH: Dakar stage four highlights

‘Mr Dakar’ reminds all of his value, while Fernando Alonso struggles to keep up.

Dakar ‘Mr Dakar’ wins stage four as Sainz keeps the lead in Saudi

Former Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso couldn’t reproduce his great drive on stage three.

Dakar WATCH: Dakar stage three highlights

A veteran makes his presence felt as Giniel de Villiers falters.

Dakar Sainz takes Dakar lead after 33rd career stage win

SA’s Giniel de Villiers was a bit off the pace after his previous stage win.

Dakar WATCH: Dakar stage two highlights

Catch up on all the action from the Saudi desert as SA’s Giniel de Villiers cruised to a win.

Dakar Evergreen Giniel de Villiers barges to Dakar stage win

Meanwhile, F1 legend Fernando Alonso loses a wheel!

Dakar WATCH: Alonso survives Dakar debut

The Spaniard trying to make history as the first Formula One champion to win the event.

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