Nani Roma wins Dakar title

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Spanish driver Nani Roma came from behind to clinch the Dakar Rally on Saturday.

Ten years after securing the motorcycle title, the 42-year-old produced yet another flawless run to overturn a 26-second overnight deficit on his teammate Stephane Peterhansel and claim the 35th edition of the race.

South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers won the final stage, a 157km trek from La Serena to Valparaiso in Chile, with Roma in fourth place behind Krzysztof Holowczyc and Vladimir Vasilyev.

The Spanish contingency were also in full swing in the bike category as Marc Coma held his nerve to claim the title for the fourth time.

The KTM rider, who had a near two hour lead over the chasing pack going into the final day, stayed out of trouble to fend off teammate Jordi Viladoms and add the 2014 crown to his successes in 2006, 2009 and 2011.