The Monster Energy X-raid Team driver finished the day 3:38 minutes ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) in the predominantly white MINI ALL4 Racing.
Fourth stage win for the Frenchman in the 2014 Dakar
The issue that put Robby Gordon and his team out of the 35th Dakar Rally was a compromised air filtration system.
The riders had to suffer through seven hours of special stage in one of the driest places on earth.
Alvarez and Ranger storm the sand.
Four MINI ALL4 Racing at the top of the leaderboard
On a 9th stage dominated by the sand, Marc Coma made his mark and reinforced his lead in the general standings whilst picking up his 23rd special stage victory on the Dakar, his second in 2014
In the general standings, Spaniard Nani Roma thus lost almost a third of his lead and now only has an advantage of 23'46 over Stéphane Peterhansel.
Joan Barreda shone again with a flawless navigation.