It used to be called The Paris to Dakar Rally as it was a race from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal, but after the need to cancel the 2008 version due to security threats in Mauritania the rally moved from Africa to South America in 2009 and rebranded itself The Dakar Rally. The Dakar Rally is one of the most gruelling for man and machine. It spans two weeks of cross country driving over wet, dry, mountainous and sandy terrain. Asking as much from the cars, bikes, trucks or quads as it does from the human body and mind. The 2011 edition just finished and was won by Al Attiyah (cars), Coma (bikes), Alejandro Patronelli (quads) and Vladimir Chagin (trucks).

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01. Giniel De Villiers of South Africa drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the fourth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Jujuy to Calama, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko/POOL

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02. People walk past all the vehicles of the Dakar Rally lined up in a closed carpark on the eve of the start of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Francois Flamand/Pool

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03. Motorbike competitors pose for the official family picture of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, in Buenos Aires January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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04. Volkswagen pilot Carlos Sainz of Spain, winner of the Dakar Rally 2010, waves from his car during the symbolic start of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires, January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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05. Robby Gordon of the U.S. and co-pilot Kellon Walch power their Hummer over the podium at the symbolic start of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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06. Norberto Fontana of Argentina drives his McRae buggy at the symbolic start of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

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07. Lukasz Laskawiek (R) of Poland rides his Yamaha quad during the link stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 between Victoria and Rio Cuarto in Rosario January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Alejandro Guerrero

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08. Cyril Esquirol of France rides his Honda motorcycle at the symbolic start of the South American edition of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally in Buenos Aires January 1, 2011. Esquirol suffered a hip injury on Sunday when he fell from his bike during the first stage of the Dakar Rally between Victoria and Cordoba, the Dakar Rally organization said. Picture taken January 1. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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09. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar and co-pilot Timo Gottschalk of Germany drive their Volkswagen during the first stage of the South American Dakar Rally in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz

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10. Josef Machacek of the Czech Republic rides his Yamaha quad during the first stage of the South American Dakar Rally in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz

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11. Volkswagen pilot Carlos Sainz of Spain crosses a dam during the first stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Victoria to Cordoba January 2, 2011. Sainz won the stage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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12. A spectator greets KTM pilot Emanuel Sulem of France during the first stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Victoria to Cordoba January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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13. Yamaha pilot Alejandro Patronelli of Argentina crosses a dam during the first stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Victoria to Cordoba January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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14. Robby Gordon of the U.S crosses a dam with his hummer during the first stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Victoria to Cordoba January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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15. A view shows the Dakar bivouac in Cordoba following the first stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Victoria to Cordoba January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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16. Volkswagen pilot Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar (top) crosses a dam during the first stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Victoria to Cordoba January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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17. A competitor crosses a dam during the first stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Victoria to Cordoba January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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18. Vladimir Chagin of Russia drives his Kamaz truck during the first stage of the South American Dakar Rally 2011 in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz

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19. Ademar Heguiabhere of Argentina rides his Yamaha quad at the symbolic start of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires January 1, 2011. Heguiabhere suffered injures in his chest and skull on Sunday January 2 when he fell from his quad during the first stage between Victoria and Cordoba the Dakar Rally organization said. Picture taken January 1. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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20. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM bike during the second stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally between Cordoba and Tucuman January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz

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21. Firdau Kabirov of Russia drives his Kamaz truck during the second stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally, between Cordoba and Tucuman, in Capilla del Monte January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz

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22. Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the second stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Cordoba to Tucuman January 3, 2011. Sainz won the stage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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23. A farm worker watches the second stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Cordoba to Tucuman January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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24. Guerlain Chicherit of France drives his BMW during the second stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Cordoba to Tucuman January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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25. Francisco Lopez Contardo of Chile rides his Aprillia during the second stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Cordoba to Tucuman January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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26. Volkswagen's Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the second stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Cordoba to Tucuman January 3, 2011. Al-Attiyah takes second place in the stage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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27. Olivier Pain of France rides his Yamaha during the second stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Cordoba to Tucuman January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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28. Robby Gordon of the U.S. drives his Hummer during the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Tucuman to Jujuy, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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29. Jacek Czachor of Poland rides his KTM during the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Tucuman to Jujuy, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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30. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM during the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Tucuman to Jujuy, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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31. A motorbike competitor prepares in the bivouac before the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Tucuman to Jujuy, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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32. A mechanic sleeps in the bivouac before the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Tucuman to Jujuy, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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33. A mechanic works on the Desert Warrior of Australia's Geoffrey Olholm, late at night in the bivouac of Jujuy at the end of the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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34. Tents and belongings of motorcyclist competitors line up in the bivouac of Jujuy at the end of the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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35. A mechanic works late at night in the bivouac of Jujuy at the end of the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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36. A mechanic works on the BMW of Leonid Novitskiy of Russia in the bivouac of Jujuy at the end of the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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37. Belongings of motorcyclist competitors line up in the bivouac of Jujuy at end of the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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38. Cyril Despres of France gestures as he arrives on the finish line of the fourth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Jujuy to Calama, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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39. Elodie Gossuin, former Miss France and a host for French television, serves food to a competitor in the bivouac of the fourth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Jujuy to Calama, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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40. Stephane Peterhansel of France, nine-time Dakar winner, drives his BMW during the fourth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Jujuy to Calama, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko/Pool

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41. Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen Touareg while Britain's Jenifer Morgan lays on the ground after a crash in the fourth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Jujuy to Calama, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko/Pool

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42. David Casteu of France rides his Sherco 450 during the fourth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Jujuy to Calama, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko/Pool

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43. Britain's Jenifer Morgan gets medical care after she crashed in the fourth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Jujuy to Calama, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko/Pool

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44. Guilherme Spinelli of Brazil drives his BMW on the fourth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Jujuy to Calama, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko/Pool

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45. Stephane Peterhansel of France, nine-time Dakar winner, drives his BMW during the fifth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Calama to Iquique January 6, 2011. Peterhansel won the stage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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46. Spectators run for cover as Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the fifth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Calama to Iquique January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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47. Mark Miller of the U.S drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the fifth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Calama to Iquique January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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48. Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the fifth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Calama to Iquique January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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49. Spectators cheer Volkswagen Touareg pilot Mark Miller of the U.S during the fifth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Calama to Iquique January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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50. Aprillia pilot Francisco Lopez Contardo of Chile rides during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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51. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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52. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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53. Vladimir Chagin of Russia drives his Kamaz truck followed by team-mate Eduard Nikolaev during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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54. Ales Loprais of Czech Republic drives his Tatra truck during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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55. Guerlain Chicherit of France drives his BMW during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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56. Ales Loprais of Czech Republic drives his Tatra truck during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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57. Richard Gonzales of France and co drivers Gimbre and Bouey camp by their Man truck after it crashed during the night of the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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58. A competitor rides in the dunes during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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59. A competitor rides in the dunes during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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60. Volkswagen Touareg pilot Carlos Sainz of Spain (C) stands by his car during the rest day of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Arica January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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61. Chile's President Sebastian Pinera stands on the Aprillia of Francisco Lopez Contardo of Chile during the rest day of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Arica January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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62. Competitors wash up at the mobile sanitary area during the rest day of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Arica January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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63. Aprilia pilot Francisco Lopez Contardo of Chile rides during the seventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Arica and Antofagasta January 9, 2011. Lopez Contardo won the stage REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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64. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM motorcycle during the seventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Arica and Antofagasta January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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65. Helder Rodrigues of Portugal has his Yamaha stuck in a dune during the seventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Arica to Antofagasta January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (CHILE - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)

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66. Vicente De Benedictis of Brazil (R) crashes on a dune in front of Pablo Copetti of Argentina (top R) and Christophe Geoffroy of France (L) during the seventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Arica to Antofagasta January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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67. Han Baohua of China drinks after he fell during the seventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Arica to Antofagasta January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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68. Alain Duclos of France drives his Aprilia during the seventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Arica to Antofagasta January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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69. Antonio Cabini of Italy crashes during the seventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Arica to Antofagasta January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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70. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM motorcycle during the seventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Arica to Antofagasta January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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71. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the eighth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Antofagasta to Copiapo January 10, 2011. Al-Attiyah won the stage and is first of the overall standing. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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72. Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the eighth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Antofagasta to Copiapo, January 10, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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73. Cyril Despres of France rides his KTM during the eighth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Antofagasta to Copiapo, January 10, 2011. Despres is currently placed second in the stage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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74. Stephane Peterhansel of France, nine-time Dakar winner, drives his BMW during the eighth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Antofagasta to Copiapo, January 10, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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75. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the eighth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Antofagasta to Copiapo, January 10, 2011. Al-Attiyah won the stage and is first of the overall standing. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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76. A child watches a competitor during the eighth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Antofagasta to Copiapo, January 10, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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77. Cyril Despres of France rides his KTM during the eighth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from Antofagasta to Copiapo, January 10, 2011. Despres is currently placed second in the stage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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78. Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the ninth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo to Copiapo January 11, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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79. Stephane Peterhansel of France, nine-time Dakar winner, drives his BMW during the ninth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo to Copiapo January 11, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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80. Russia's Vladimir Chagin drives his Kamaz truck during the ninth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo to Copiapo January 11, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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81. Competitors start the ninth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo to Copiapo January 11, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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82. A competitor rides on the dunes during the ninth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo to Copiapo January 11, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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83. Russia's Vladimir Chagin drives his Kamaz truck during the ninth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo to Copiapo January 11, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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84. Carlos Sainz of Spain asks for water after he finished the tenth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo (Chile) to Chilecito January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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85. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM during the tenth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo (Chile) to Chilecito January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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86. Cyril Despres of France rides his KTM during the tenth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Copiapo (Chile) to Chilecito January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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87. Two motorcycle competitors chat at the checkpoint for the start of the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally, from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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88. A marshal (C) checks motorcycle competitors at the checkpoint of the start of the 11th stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally, from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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89. Carlos Sainz of Spain (R) sits with team-mate Mark Miller of the U.S. after they finished the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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90. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. Al-Attiyah is the current leader of the race. REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko/Pool

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91. Carlos Sainz of Spain answers speaks to the media after he finished the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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92. Cyril Despres of France rides his KTM during the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko/Pool

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93. Vladimir Chagin of Russia drives his Kamaz truck during the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Daniel Garcia/Pool

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94. Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Daniel Garcia/Pool

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95. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM during the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Stephane Mantey/Pool

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96. Marc Coma of Spain rides his KTM during the twelfth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. Coma won the stage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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97. Giniel De Villiers of South Africa drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the twelfth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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98. Cyril Despres of France rides his KTM during the 12th stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz

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99. Annie Seel of Sweden crashes during the twelfth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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100. Erik Van Loon of the Netherlands drives his Mitsubishi during the twelfth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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101. Christophe Declerck of France rides his Polaris quad during the 12th stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz

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102. Stephane Peterhansel of France, nine-time Dakar winner, drives his BMW during the twelfth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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103. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the twelfth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Stephane Mantey/Pool

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104. Two motorbike competitors are stuck in water during the twelfth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, from San Juan to Cordoba January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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105. Alejandro Patronelli (C) of Argentina, winner of the quad category in the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, is followed by fans as he arrives to Buenos Aires, January 15, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

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106. Francisco Lopez Contardo of Chile is consoled by team mate Alain Duclos of France (L) after he got a mechanical problem in the thirteenth and last stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Cordoba to Buenos Aires January 15, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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107. Alejandro Patronelli of Argentina (L), winner of the quad category in the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, hugs his brother Marcos after the thirteenth and last stage of the race in Buenos Aires January 15, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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108. Alejandro Patronelli of Argentina (C), winner of the quad category of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, celebrates during the award ceremony in Buenos Aires January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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109. Vladimir Chagin of Russia (R) and his team stand on their Kamaz truck as they celebrate their victory in the truck category during the podium ceremony of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, in Buenos Aires January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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110. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar (R) celebrates his victory with third placed Carlos Sainz of Spain during the podium ceremony of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 in Buenos Aires January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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111. Marc Coma of Spain drinks champagne as he celebrates his victory during the podium ceremony of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, in Buenos Aires January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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112. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar bites his trophy as he celebrates his victory during the podium ceremony of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, in Buenos Aires January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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