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2010 Dakar Rally Stage Three: Despres and Peterhansel Take Wins

Today the real 2010 Dakar started, with the rally leaving the WRC-esque gravel tracks of the first two days behind and striking out into the desert with a 182 km stage, the shortest scheduled for the two week event.   The first visitations of sand also saw the first appearance of a KTM atop the stage podium, with the heavy, but restricted, 690cc machines gliding though the early dunes with relative ease, and certainly none of the problems many expected them to face compared to the new 450cc bikes brought in this year.   That left the way almost completely open to 2007 winner Cyril Despres to take a stranglehold on the stage, beat Portuguese Helder Rodrigues’ 450 Yamaha by over 10 minutes and finishing twelve minutes clear of David Caste...

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