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Ogier on top in Sweden

Sebastien Ogier dominated the afternoon stages of Rally Sweden to extend his lead over Sebastien Loeb to 32.2 seconds.

The Volkswagen driver won all three stages in the event's second loop to increase his advantage over his former Citroen team-mate, who just edged into second place ahead of Ogier's team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.

Loeb, a nine-time world champion competing in his final season, had trailed Latvala by a hundredth of a second, but the Finn suffered an intercom failure, allowing the Frenchman through by 1.5 seconds on the next stage.

Earlier, Ogier won two of the three morning stages to establish a 10.1-second lead over Loeb, and he was satisfied with his day's performance in his Polo R WRC.

Ogier told wrc.com: "Incredible. It's a really good feeling. This morning wasn't perfect but it was enough with a good road position. This afternoon was perfect."

In contrast, Loeb, who slid into a snow bank during one stage, admitted it had not been his tidiest performance.

He said: "I made a few mistakes, and I have a bit too much understeer so it's difficult to keep the car on the racing line. It was really tricky."

Qatar M-Sport Ford driver Mads Ostberg finished the day in fourth, 42.8 seconds off the pace, with team-mate Evgeny Novikov recording the next best time, 29 seconds behind the Norwegian and more than a minute behind leader Ogier.

Citroen's Dani Sordo lost five minutes after he came off during SS6, meaning Loeb is now the only Citroen driver who can score major points after Mikko Hirvonen also lost time due to technical problems.