Peterhansel and Despres celebrate Dakar triumphs

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Peterhansel and Despres celebrate Dakar triumphs

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Stephane Peterhansel celebrated his 10th Dakar Rally title on Sunday following the two-week race through Argentina, Chile and Peru.

The Dakar legend from France, who led for the majority of the race, made it to the beachfront finish line in Lima with a 41 minute and 56 second advantage over his closest rival and Mini team-mate Nani Roma of Spain.

47-year-old Peterhansel has now won the race four times in the car category and six on two wheels, two more bike titles than compatriot Cyril Despres who himself celebrated his fourth triumph in the motorcycle category.

Despres cruised to the Lima finish line in 10th place following the short final stage to easily beat his rival and 2011 champion Marc Coma of Spain.

The pair had fought for victory for the entire rally and between them won eight of the 14 stages.

Despres eventually captured his fourth title with a winning margin of 53 minutes and 20 seconds over Coma.