Two Frenchmen Win Auto, Motorcycle Dakar Rally
Topics: Dakar Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres
Voice of America
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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