The fifth stage of Dakar has come to a close.
The third day was not nearly as hard on the teams as yesterday was, a relief for all and even salvation for some.
Eduard Nikolaev flew the flag for Kamaz on truck race.
The most consistent Czech driver of the modern era will be taking starter's orders in a MAN truck!
In the last edition of the Dakar, Eduard Nikolaev managed to get a blue truck onto the highest step of the podium.
Peterhansel now has 11 Dakar wins! Despres earns another title to make it five in total. Patronelli takes his second championship. New to the legend status was Nikolaev.
Chaleco and Gordon at full pelt! On the penultimate stage in this year's Dakar, a show was put on by Francisco "Chaleco” Lopez on as he notched his 4th stage win. Robby Gordon grabbed his second special victory in his Hummer.
Status quo in Copiapo after stage 12 in all four main categories.
One Mini benefits from another's mistake while the Dutch Yamaha rider makes first 2013 appearance. Husseini breaks through in Quads while Russians manage Trucks 1-2-3.
Rain-affected the 11th stage with shorter than expected kilometers. . Americans end up on top: Kurt Caselli takes 2nd Bike victory while Robby Gordon lands his first Car win of 2013.
Cyril Despres dominates for overall Bike lead, but Joan Barreda takes his 4th stage win. Orlando Terranova celebrated as first Argentinean to lead a Dakar stage in the Car classification!
Rest day in Tucumán, Argentina, gives the Dakar competitors a chance to regroup and get the much needed sleep before they tackle the 9th stage.
Olympic Gold medal winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the Car victory on the third say of Dakar 2013. Local hero Francisco Lopez now has two stage wins in the Bike classification. Triple winner now in Trucks, and Patronelli holds Quad lead.
Nancy Knapp Schilke, Dakar correspondent