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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 January 2005, 18:15 GMT
Photos from the Dakar Rally

Robby Gordon in his VW Touareg

Robby Gordon pilots his Volkswagen through the countryside in the Khouribga region, east of Casablanca

France's Cyril Despres rides through the desert during the fifth stage between Agadir and Smara

France's Cyril Despres, on his KTM, rides through the desert during the fifth stage between Agadir and Smara

Colin McRae's Nissan lies damaged

McRae crashes while leading in Morocco but he and co-driver Tina Thorner are both uninjured

South African Alfie Cox rides in arid conditions on the seventh stage between Zouerat and Tichit

South African Alfie Cox rides in arid conditions on the seventh stage between Zouerat and Tichit

Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel rides through the seventh stage of the Dakar rally

France's Stephane Peterhansel capitalises on McRae's accident to move 21 minutes ahead of Luc Alphand

Bikers on the ninth stage between Tidjikja and Atar in Mauritania

Bikers tussle for advantage on the ninth stage in Mauritani

Stephane Peterhansel drives his Mitsubishi during stage 11

France's Peterhansel in the Mitsubishi still holds a lead over compatriot Luc Alphand after stage 11

German Jutta Kleinschmidt drives her Volkswagen Touareg

The Volkswagen of Germany's Jutta Kleinschmidt has to avoid livestock during the 12th stage between Kifa and Bamako

South African driver Giniel De Villiers drives his Nissan during the Bamako - Kayes stage

Giniel De Villiers remains third overall after the 13th stage as Stephane Peterhansel extends his lead with another win

Finland's Vatanen, driving his Nissan, completes the run between Kayes to Tambaconda in first place

Four-time champion Ari Vatanen wins the 14th stage - his 51st career stage win - in four hours, 50 mins and eight secs

South Africa's Giniel de Villiers wins stage 15

Giniel de Villiers wins stage 15, whilst Stephane Peterhansel closed in on overall victory with only one stage remaining

Winner Stephane Peterhansel and Mitsubishi team-mate Luc Alphand drive past the Lac Rose (Pink Lake) on the Senegal coastline near Dakar

Peterhansel and Alphand drive past the Lac Rose (Pink Lake) on the Senegal coastline near Dakar - the lake's colour is caused by micro-organisms and a strong concentration of minerals

The Frenchman finishes in an overall time of 52 hours, 31 minutes and 39 seconds - some 27 mins and 14 secs ahead of compatriot Luc Alphand

Mitsubishi driver Stephane Peterhansel safely negotiates Sunday's final stage to retain his Dakar Rally title




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