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Jan 19

Dakar 2013 Stage 14: It Really Is The End

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The 2013 Dakar came to it’s conclusion today as contestants crossed the finish line in Santiago Chile after 15 days and more than 8000km .  Hit the jump for the unsurprising winners and a cursory recap of the day’s events.

Cars:

Stephane Peterhansel Dakar 2013

Image Courtesy: X-Raid.de

Early stages of this year’s Dakar promised a tight battle between perennial favorites Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Robby Gordon, among others.  Trouble in the opening stages for Robby Gordon and the later retirement of Al-Attiyah and Sainz left Peterhansel to cruise to a record setting 11th overall Dakar victory.

Congratulations to Peterhansel who crossed the line a comfortable 42:22 ahead of De Villiers who was sandwiched by Peterhansel’s X-Raid MINI teammate Novitskiy who finished in third 1:28:22 behind the leader.

 

Motorcycles:

Maragni M. KTM Images

KTM rider Cyril Despres clinched his fifth motorcycle title with a comfortable 14th place finish in today’s stage.  What promised to be a potential nail biter in the motorcycle category, thanks to a hard charging Lopez, was nullified when the Chilean had to replace his engine, due to a gearbox issue at the end of yesterday’s stage.  The resulting 15 minutes of penalty ended his chances at reaching the top step of the overall podium.

Regardless, “Chaleco” Lopez’s third overall will be the cause of much celebration in the Chilean capital this evening.  Ruben Faria, Cyril Despres teammate and water carrier held onto second place overall and KTM’s dominance in the Dakar continues despite strong challenges this year from Yamaha and Husqvarna.

Sorry about the recycled images I suspect everyone is too busy celebrating to upload current pictures.

Stage 14 La Serena-Santiago: