Loeb leads after opening day of Rally Italia

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TERRANOVA, Sardinia (AP) -- Citroen drivers Sebastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen dominated the opening day of the Rally Italia on Thursday by each winning a stage.

Loeb, who clinched his ninth consecutive world title at the Rally France this month, has a 1.1-second lead on his teammate.

Ford's Petter Solberg finished third, 13.9 seconds off the pace.