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  1. South African hero Giniel de Villiers finished the Dakar Rally in second place overall. Here we see him taming the Atacama desert in Peru on Stage 3.
  2. Giniel de Villiers on Stage 2 in Peru.
  3. Bike race winner Cyril Despres makes sense of the vast Peruvian desert on Stage 2. Image: AFP
  4. Javier Pizzolito of Argentina tackles the sand of Stage 2 in Peru. Pizzolito finished in eighth overall. Image: AFP
  5. Guerlain Chicherit of France (who came eighth overall) tackles Stage 4, between Nazca and Arequipa, Peru. Image: AFP
  6. South African Giniel De Villiers thunders along the beach on Stage 4, between Nazca and Arequipa, Peru.
  7. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar, a strong contender who was forced to retire, steers his Buggy through stage 4 between Nazca and Arequipa, Peru. Image: AFP
  8. Robby Gordon next to his Hummer after rolling his Hummer in the sand on Stage 4. Image: AFP
  9. Olivier Pain, who came sixth in the bike category, was pictured kicking up the dust on Stage 5, between Arequipa in Peru and Arica in Chile. Image: Reuters
  10. Andres Carevic rides past as Mini's driver Nani Joan Roma (R) of Spain is assisted by Toyota's Nani Roma (right) got stuck on Stage 6 and he forced the same fate on Giniel de Villiers, who could not see his rivals Mini until it was too late. Image: AFP
  11. KTM biker Marco Reinike took a tumble on Stage 6. Image: AFP
  12. KTM rider Cyril Despres of France won the bike race. Here we see him flying through the mud on Stage 8, between Salta and Tucuman, Argentina. Image: AFP
  13. Guilherme Spinelli of Brazil got stuck in a flooded river during Stage 8, between Salta and Tucuman, Argentina. Image: AFP
  14. South African Riaan Van Niekerk kicks up the mud on Stage 8, between Salta and Tucuman, Argentina. Image: AFP
  15. Bike race winner Cyril Despres checks his machine before Stage 8. Image: AFP
  16. Leonid Nivitskiy on Stage 9. The Russian finished the Dakar in seventh overall. Image: AFP
  17. Helder Rodrigues on Stage 10, between Cordoba and La Rioja, Argentina. Image: AFP
  18. Dakar winner Stephane Perterhansel of France drives over a dune between La Rioja and Fiambala, Argentina. Image: AFP
  19. Ruben Faria (who finished the bike race in second place) was seen making waves on Stage 10. Image: AFP
  20. You can think up your own caption for this one. Image: AFP
  21. The Imperial Toyota service crew work on Giniel de Villiers' Hilux after stage 11. Image: Quickpic
  22. American Robby Gordon tackles Stage 12, between Fiambala iand Copiapo. Image: AFP
  23. Victor Mastromatteo, of Argentina, got stuck on his Protoptipo in a river during Stage 11 between La Rioja and Fiambala, Argentina. Image: AFP
  24. A Chilean supporter waits for the competitors during stage 13 from Copiapo to La Serena. Image: Getty
  25. Giniel De Villiers and co-driver Dirk Von Zitzwitz celebrate their second overall position at the podium ceremony in Santiago, Chile. Image: Getty
  26. Giniel de Villiers celebrates with co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz after the end of the 2013 Dakar Rally.
  27. Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean Paul Cottret of team Mini celebrate on the podium in Santiago, Chile. Image: Getty
 

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