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Dakar Rally 2014: Peterhansel - "Our team is the biggest team in history".







The drivers and riders participating in the Dakar spent three days going through the technical and administrative scrutineering in Rosario's City Center, which is also home to the biggest casino in South America. All bets are off regarding who will emerge victorious from among the 431 vehicles (174 motorcycles, 40 quads, 147 cars and 70 trucks) cleared to start the first stage today morning.

The Minis blowing away the competition have become a common sight at the Dakar, especially with Stéphane Peterhansel's victories in the last two editions. With 12 cars, 11 of them Minis, the host advancing towards the stands seems mind-bogglingly strong. In terms of manpower, the team is running a 150-person operation and that is without even counting the 24 drivers and co-drivers who will jump into their cars today morning.

"The biggest team ever in Dakar history", quips Peterhansel, himself filled with amazement at the scale of things. The defending champion expects his main rivals to come from within. "Nani Roma's the one I fear most", says Peterhansel, while Nasser Al-Attiyah, back in the fold of Sven Quandt's team, candidly reveals his strategy: "My plan is to win the Dakar".

Although less blunt, challengers from other teams are not afraid of making their ambitions known, starting with Carlos Sainz, who is always "here to win", while 2013 runner-up and 2009 champion Giniel De Villiers describes a state of play that dispels any doubts on the improvement of his vehicle and, why not, his final classification: "Our engine is more powerful this year, we enhanced the suspensions and we shaved some weight from the car: We've got everything it takes to go faster!"

KTM's elite riders have also come to Rosario to defend their position, albeit on two wheels. With 12 consecutive victories under their belt, the Austrian motorcycles will try to see off not only Despres' Yamaha, but also Honda's triple threat (Rodrigues, Gonçalves and Barreda).

Nevertheless, they have bolstered their defence team with the addition of "Chaleco" López to the official squad and Marc Coma's comeback after being forced to sit out last year's rally. "It's great to be here, especially because this motorcycle gives me a really good vibe", says the Catalan, who will look for a place in a KTM team that will do its best to keep the lid on the dog-eat-dog syndrome, with teammates like Ruben Faria (second in 2013) and David Casteu ready to pounce.

A solemn but festive intermezzo awaits the competitors in the hours between the formalities and the start of the race proper, as crowds flock to see the presentation ceremony at the end of the day. The start podium set up on the bank of the Paraná River, in the shadow of the Monumento de la Bandera built in remembrance of the creation of the Argentinean flag, symbolises the start of the competition for everyone.

After electrifying the atmosphere at the scrutineering and the village since the start of the week, the Rosarinos will turn out en masse, shouting themselves hoarse to cheer the competitors on, on, on to adventure! 500,000 people are expected to come and energise them ahead of the first stage to San Luis… and all the way to Valparaíso, two weeks and 9,000 km farther away.

2014/01/05 | 07:35 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO











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Dakar Rally 2014: Solid finish for Lucio Alvarez and new Ford Racing team. | 20.01.2014 19:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: De Villiers and Dabrowski as 4th and 7th best Toyotas. | 19.01.2014 21:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: 2013 winner Cyril Despres finishing fourth after tough race. | 19.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot in fast finish in the Dakar. | 19.01.2014 21:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team El Martillo Racing finished in their first Dakar Rally. | 19.01.2014 20:15 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Riwald Dakar Team crosses the finish line in Valparaiso. | 19.01.2014 20:01 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:45 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:43 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Orlando Terranova celebrates his first stage win in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:51 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Strong show from Argentine Alvarez in arid Atacama in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:21 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team HRC riders overcome long stage and maintain posis. | 17.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Third stage victory for overall bikes leader Marc Coma. | 17.01.2014 01:47 |




Dakar Rally 2014: No surprises for Speedbrain team in Atacama stage 11. | 17.01.2014 01:41 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 01:36 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 00:31 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 16.01.2014 23:25 |




Dakar Rally 2014: The tenth stage brought gold - Stagewin for Czech Loprais. | 16.01.2014 22:48 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team Dessoude with the last two cars reached the finish SS10. | 16.01.2014 22:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ford´s Alvarez - "We handled it well and did a good job". | 16.01.2014 22:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Carlos Sainz "I'm really disappointed to be out of the race". | 16.01.2014 21:17 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini 22nd after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Great Wall Haval and Lavieille moves up after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:27 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Iveco-pilot Gerard de Rooy still on the lead after SS10. | 16.01.2014 20:00 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Mini´s are leading 1-2-3, second stagewin for Al Attiyah. | 16.01.2014 01:55 |




Dakar Rally 2014 BLOG: Dongfeng Challenge heading forward to Antofagasta. | 16.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS10 Wednesday | 16.01.2014 00:29 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Spectacular double for Honda - Barreda still second overall. | 15.01.2014 23:40 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Bad luck for Speedbrain - Israel Esquerre out after crash. | 15.01.2014 23:37 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Coma continues to lead the Dakar after SS10 Antofagasta. | 15.01.2014 22:26 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:52 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 15.01.2014 01:16 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 23:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 22:33 |




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