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Two Frenchmen Win Auto, Motorcycle Dakar Rally

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Rally Racing Automotive Africa Topics:  Dakar Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres

Two Frenchmen Win Auto, Motorcycle Dakar Rally

Nico Colombant
Voice of America
Dakar
Janaury 21, 2007

Veteran Stephane Peterhansel won his ninth rally title, his third win in an automobile, a Mitsubishi.

He has won the motorcycle crown six times.  This year that title went to his countryman Cyril Despres.

Both winners took it easy during the last stage, a short beach trek around Lac Rose, a pink lake.

Despres, who won in 2005, got a break Friday when previous leader Marc Coma crashed out, after riding into a tree stump.

Two motorcyclists died during the dangerous two-week journey from Lisbon, through the Saharan desert dunes of north and west Africa, to Dakar.



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