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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 January, 2005, 18:42 GMT
Peterhansel maintains Dakar lead
Stephane Peterhansel
Peterhansel has stretched his overall lead to 23 minutes
Stephane Peterhansel kept his overall lead in the Dakar Rally as Giniel de Villiers took victory on stage 12.

De Villiers' Nissan was the first car past the finish line at Bamako in Mali, with Peterhansel's Mitsubishi just over three minutes behind in second.

Wednesday's motorcycle stage was cancelled as a mark of respect for two-time former winner Fabrizio Meoni.

Meoni was killed in an accident on Tuesday - the second rider to die in two days.

On Monday, Spain's Jose Manuel Perez died from injuries he suffered in an accident last week.

The two tragedies have prompted Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM to consider pulling out of rallying.

"I am personally of the opinion that all KTM riders should return home," said KTM sporting director Heinz Kinigadner.

"It's tragic and it hurts. Before Dakar, I asked Meoni whether he would like to manage the KTM teams in the future.

"Pulling out of the rally isn't just a question of sympathy, but also one of safety because no-one in the team can just ignore two such tragic accidents."


Stage 12 results - Cars
1. Giniel de Villiers (SA) Volkswagen 7 hours 20 minutes 58 seconds
2. Stephane Peterhansel (Fra) Mitsubishi, 3 minutes 1 second behind
3. Luc Alphand (Fra) Mitsubishi at 6:27
4. Bruno Saby (Fra) Volkswagen at 8:06
5. Carlos Sousa (Por) Nissan at 10:46

Overall standings
1. Stephane Peterhansel (Fra) Mitsubishi 41:05:13
2. Luc Alphand (Fra) Mitsubishi at 23:16
3. Jutta Kleinschmidt (Ger) Volkswagen at 1:18:47
4. Giniel de Villiers (SA) Volkswagen 4:07:33
5. Bruno Saby (Fra) Volkswagen at 8:43:27




SEE ALSO
Rider Meoni dies in Dakar Rally
11 Jan 05 |  Motorsport
Bike racer dies after Dakar crash
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Alphand cuts down Dakar deficit
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Bad weather wipes out Dakar stage
07 Jan 05 |  Motorsport
Peterhansel moves into Dakar lead
06 Jan 05 |  Motorsport
McRae crashes out of Dakar Rally
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McRae storms back into Dakar lead
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Gordon back on top in Dakar rally
03 Jan 05 |  Motorsport
Stage win gives McRae Dakar lead
02 Jan 05 |  Motorsport
Gordon grabs early Dakar glory
31 Dec 04 |  Motorsport


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