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.
Dakar 2013 has its share of glory and problems both for the teams who took on the challenge and the ASO organizers. Yet in the end the final podium at Santiago's Palacio de la Moneda was a day of celebration.
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.
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!
An unequalled Despres, an unstoppable Peterhansel and an unfortunate Al-Attiyah made the headlines on the 9th stage in Dakar. Roma earned his 2nd stage victory and Nikolaev takes Truck lead.
Wet Argentinean stage ends early for Cars and officials delay final call. Barreda takes Bikes win in morning, though, while category leaders run astray.
Caselli reaches the summit, “Peter” upwards and onwards. The 7th stage of the Dakar, in mourning following the death of rider Thomas Bourgin.
Top billing for Yamaha while the Minis hit back on the 5th day of Dakar.
Chaleco spells double trouble, Al Attiyah strykes back on third day of Dakar 2013.
Mikko Jalonen, Dakar correspondent