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After 14 days, 13 stages and 9112 kilometres (4601 of which were run competitively), Team Peugeot Total reached the finish of its first Dakar with two of its three PEUGEOT 2008 DKR entries. Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret finished 11th while Cyril Despres and Gilles Picard were 34th. Both crews faced up to all the challenges that Dakar could offer, providing the entire team with valuable experience that will enable it to come back stronger in 2016.
Today's 194-kilometre stage was similar to a WRC stage: fast and tricky gravel roads that were frequently lined with trees... and huge crowds of enthusiastic spectators. Concentration was the name of the game, as the crews headed to the overnight bivouac at Termas de Rio Hondo.
The Dakar Rally is now back in Argentina en route to the finish at Buenos Aires, just three days away. On a tricky special stage that started at 3,600 metres above sea level, Stéphane Peterhansel was back setting top-10 stage times: the Frenchman was ninth overall, with a faultless display through the stage despite an unfavourable starting position. Cyril Despres sets the 22nd-fastest time and making up places in the overall classification.
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