Stage nine of the Dakar rally took the remaining competitors over 422 kilometres of special from Calama to Iquique in Chile.
The magnificent Pacific Ocean was a beautiful and welcome sight for the teams as they trickled over the finish line west of the Atacama Desert.
Spain’s Marc Coma dominated the day to reinforce his lead in the general standings whilst also celebrating his 23rd special stage victory of his Dakar career and second this edition.
His closest overall title rival and compatriot Joan Barreda was second while five-time Dakar winner Cyril Despres of France was third on yet another day jammed-packed full of stunning scenery.
Stephane Peterhansel who has won the Dakar 11 times in the bikes and cars combined picked up his 3rd victory of the 35th edition of the race.
His all-out attacking style brought him to within 12 minutes and 10 seconds of general standings leader, Nani Roma who conceded a whopping 11 minutes to his French rival after a third place finish.
Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah was second on the day.