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January 9, 2012
Dakar Rally 2012
ANTOFAGASTA, Chile (AP) -- Joan Roma of Spain has won Monday's eighth stage of the Dakar Rally in the car category, while Stephane Peterhansel finished fourth, to keep the overall lead, two days after a stage was canceled because of a snowed-in Andes pass.
This is the fourth consecutive year the race is being held in South America. It had been run in Europe and Africa until the 2008 race was canceled because of fears of terrorism. The rally moved to South America the next year.
The past three years the race consisted of loop courses from Buenos Aires to Chile and back to Buenos Aires. This year the race began in Argentina, passes through Chile and finishes in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 15.
The rally ends on Jan. 15 in Lima, Peru.
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A man takes pictures as Toyota driver Abdulla Alheraiz and co-driver Khalid Ahmad, both of the United Arab Emirates, compete in the third stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Rafael and San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012. AP / Frederic Le Floch


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People shave and brush their teeth at the rally camp during the eighth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Copiapo and Antofagasta in Chile, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Spain's biker Marc Coma checks his KTM during the eighth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally at the Atacama desert between Copiapo and Antofagasta in Chile, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Spain's biker Marc Coma races his KTM as he competes in the eighth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally at the Atacama desert, between Copiapo and Antofagasta in Chile, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Argentina's Marcos Patronelli races his Yamaha quad as a helicopter flies over during the seventh stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally through Copiapo, Chile, Saturday Jan. 7, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Spain's biker Marc Coma races his KTM during the seventh stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally through Copiapo, Chile, Saturday Jan. 7, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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France's biker Cyril Despres races his KTM during the seventh stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally through Copiapo, Chile, Saturday Jan. 7, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Portugal's biker Helder Rodrigues races his Yamaha during the seventh stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally through Copiapo, Chile, Saturday Jan. 7, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Spain's biker Marc Coma, right, and France's biker Cyril Despres race their KTM bikes during the seventh stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally through Copiapo, Chile, Saturday Jan. 7, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Senkalayci Sakir, races his Honda, right, Great Britain's biker Stanley Watt races his KTM, center, and France's biker Vincent Guindani rides his Yamaha during the seventh stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally through Copiapo, Chile, Saturday Jan. 7, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Portugal's biker Helder Rodrigues races his Yamaha as he competes in the fifth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Chilecito and Fiambala in Argentina, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Jacky Naegelen



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Spain's biker Marc Coma races his KTM as he competes in the fifth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Chilecito and Fiambala in Argentina, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Jerome Prevost



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Mini'S driver Joan "Nani" Roma, from Spain, and co-driver Michel Perin, from France, compete in the fifth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Chilecito and Fiambala in Argentina, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Jerome Prevost



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Mini's driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean Paul Cottret both from France, compete in the fifth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Chilecito and Fiambala, Argentina, Thursday Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Jerome Prevost



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Toyota's co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz, from Germany, pushes his car as driver Giniel De Villiers, from South Africa, drives it after they went off the road when competing during the fifth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Chilecito and Fiambala in Argentina, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. AP / Jerome Prevost



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France's biker Stephane Hamard picks up his KTM during the fourth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Spain's biker Marc Coma races his KTM during the fourth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Juan-Chilecito, Argentina, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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France's biker Hugo Payen wears a camera on his helmet as he rides his Yamaha during the fourth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Great Wall's driver Yong Zhou from China and co-driver Pascal Maimon from France, top, compete while SMG's driver Ronan Chabot and co-driver Gilles Pillot both from France stand next their car after they went off the road in the fourth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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France's biker Christophe Meillat rides his Kawasaki, left, and Argentina's Lucas Bonetto rides behind in his Yamaha quad in the fourth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Portugal's biker Paulo Goncalves races his Husqvarna in the fourth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Poland's Rafal Sonik races his Yamaha quad in the fourth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Hummer driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, from Qatar, and co-driver Cruz Luca, from Spain, compete in the third stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Rafael and San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012. AP / Philippe Desmazes



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Hummer driver Robby Gordon and co-driver Johnny Campbell, both of the U.S., compete in the third stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Rafael and San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012. AP / Jacky Naegelen



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France's biker David Casteu, right, pushes his Yamaha, as he is helped by Olivier Pain, left, and Alain Duclos, both of France, during the third stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Rafael and San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012. AP / Frederic Le Floch



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France's biker Serge Gounon races his KTM as he competes in the second stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Santa Rosa de la Pampa and San Rafael in Argentina, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Mini driver Krzysztof Holowczyc, from Poland, and co-driver Jean-Marc Fortin, from Belgium, compete in the second stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Santa Rosa de la Pampa and San Rafael, Argentina, Monday Jan. 2, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Norway's biker Anders Ullevalseter rests during a stop in the second stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Santa Rosa de la Pampa and San Rafael in Argentina, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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People run to help France's biker Jean-Claude Mazet after he fell while Romania's biker Marcel Butuza, right, and France's biker Herve Theuriot, left, pass by during the second stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Santa Rosa de la Pampa and San Rafael in Argentina, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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Opel's driver Balazs Szalay and co-driver Laszlo Bunkoczi, both from Hungary, compete in the second stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between Santa Rosa de la Pampa and San Rafael in Argentina, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. AP / Martin Mejia



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View of the burnt car of South African driver Alfie Coz during the first stage of the Dakar 2012 Race held between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa in Argentina. ZUMA24.com / Cezaro De Luca



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