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Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (Mini) won his third Dakar on Friday by keeping his advantage over Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah (Toyota) and Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini), in the last timed sector of the rally.

"It's been a very difficult rally from the start. Only us three know how hard we tried since the first day. It's been a full steam rally since the beginning," said Sainz after completing his last timed sector. EFE-EPA