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Peterhansel and Coma take the lead ahead of the final stages of the Dakar Rally

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Peterhansel and Coma take the lead ahead of the final stages of the Dakar Rally

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In a surprise victory, Stephane Peterhansel has won the twelfth stage of the Dakar Car Rally, taking the lead from his Spanish teammate Nani Roma.

Roma, who had been in the top spot for several days apparently experienced technical problems.

The pair are separated by 26 seconds ahead of Saturday’s final stage.

A dramatic day in the bike category, saw Joan Barreda lose his overall podium place and Cyril Despres come in fourth, just behind Olivier Pain.

Saturday’s final stage should see an interesting battle for third place.

But the stage win went to Marc Coma, with fellow Spaniard Jordi Viladoms in second.