|Dakar Rally 2013: Despres, Peterhansel, Patronelli and Nikolaev winner.|
124 motorcycle riders, 26 quad drivers, 89 car crews and 60 car crews paraded on the podium set up opposite Santiago's Palacio de la Moneda to celebrate their arrival in the Chilean capital, as the President of the Republic emerged from the palace to congratulate the winners of the 2013 Dakar.
With 14 days of racing and over 8,000 kilometres under their belts, 67% (299/449) of the vehicles on the start list in Lima made it to the finish. In the main, it was the defending champions who survived all the unexpected turns of events to dominate the race, with Cyril Despres making it five in the motorcycle category and Stéphane Peterhansel taking his fifth victory in a car after being crowned in Lima last year.
Marcos Patronelli won for the second time in the quad category, on the back of his brother Alejandro's triumph last year. Only one of the champions is a first-time winner: Eduard Nikolaev, who took the truck title.
2013/01/21 | 14:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO