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In Pictures: The toughest race on the planet

The race began Jan. 5 in Lima with 183 motorcycles, 38 quads, 152 cars and 75 European-style cargo trucks. The end is to come on Jan. 20 in Santiago. Watch this space for more photos as the race progresses

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Medics, helped of fans, evacuate Leonardo Martinez of Bolivia who was injured after crashing with his quad in the third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from Pisco to Nazca, Peru, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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Alessandro Botturi of Italy, falls from his motorcycle during the third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from Pisco to Nazca, Peru, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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Alexis Hernandez tries to fix the suspension of his Honda quad during the third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from Pisco to Nazca, Peru, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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Alessandro Zanotti of Italy, right, and Marc Guasch of Spain race during the third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from Pisco to Nazca, Peru, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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Spain's Joan Bort Barreda rides his Husqvarna during the 3rd stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Pisco to Nazca January 7, 2013.

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Poland's Jacek Czachor rides his KTM during the third stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Pisco to Nazca January 7, 2013.

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Alessandro Botturi of Italy, bottom, falls from his Husqvarna motorcycle as Honda rider Gerard Farres Guell of Spain races in the third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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Driver Carlos Sainz of Spain and German co-driver Timo Gottschalk compete in the third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from Pisco to Nazca, Peru, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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Yamaha rider Michael Metge of France, right, TM rider Alessandro Zanotti of Italy, center, and Gas Gas rider Marc Guasch of Spain compete in the third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally near Nazca, Peru, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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France's David Casteu (R) on his Yamaha as South Africa's Darryl Curtis rides his KTM during the third stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Pisco to Nazca January 7, 2013.

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Norway's Pal Ullevalseter waits for the start of the third stage of the Dakar Rally from Pisco to Nazca January 7, 2013.

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Etienne Lavigne, Director of the Dakar Rally 2013, talks to KTM pilots Cyril Despres of France and Ruben Faria of Portugal before the start of the third stage of the rally from Pisco to Nazca January 7, 2013.

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Portugal's Helder Rodrigues rides his Honda during the third stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Pisco to Nazca January 7, 2013.

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Portugal’s Paulo Goncalves rides his Husqvarna during the third stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Pisco to Nazca January 7, 2013.

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Lucio Alvarez and co-driver Bernardo Graue, both of Argentina, compete in the third stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from Pisco to Nazca, Peru, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-pilot Spain's Lucas Cruz compete with their Buggy during the third stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Pisco to Nazca, January 7, 2013.

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Spectators watch as co-pilots Czech Republic's Tomas Vratny, Miskolci Jaroslav and Milan Holan compete with their Tatra truck during the third stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Pisco to Nazca, January 7, 2013.

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Canadian David Bensadoun's car at the start of the race. The engine of his car suffered a catastrophic failure early in the second day on Sunday, ending his attempt to finish the race.

Michel Maindru

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Canadian David Bensadoun racing in his Desert Warrior 3 vehicle, the latest version of the successful rally car his co-driver Paul Round been refining over 15 years of Dakar racing.

Michel Maindru

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South Africa's Giniel De Villiers and his navigator Dirk Von Zitzewitz of Germany compete in their Toyota during the second stage of the Dakar Rally 2013, from Pisco to Pisco, January 6, 2013.

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France's Pascal Delesque rides his Honda quad during the second stage of the Dakar Rally 2013, from Pisco to Pisco, January 6, 2013.

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Chile's Claudio Rodriguez rides his Honda motorcycle during the second stage of the Dakar Rally 2013, from Pisco to Pisco.

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Argentina's Lucio Ezquiel Alvarez and his navigator Bernardo Rolando Graue compete with their Toyota during the second stage of the Dakar Rally 2013, from Pisco to Pisco, January 6, 2013.

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KTM rider Cyril Despres of France races past spectators in the second stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally in Pisco, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

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Totoya's Lucio Alvarez and co-driver Bernardo Graue of Argentina compete in the first stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally between Lima Pisco, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

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Honda rider Todd Smith of Australia tries to get his motorcycle out of the sand during the second stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally in Pisco, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

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Patrick Beaulé

Michel Maindru

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Canada rider Patrick Beaulé was the only Canadian of three competitors to make it to the fourth leg of the Dakar rally.

Michel Maindru

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