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Dakar Rally: Rugged racers cross desert and dune in South America
Vehicles in five different categories scramble over rugged terrain through three countries.
The 40th Dakar Rally is underway. Racers began in Lima, Peru, and will cross the finish line in Cordoba, Argentina, on Jan. 20.
Left: Argentinian biker Franco Caimi crashes during stage seven of the 2018 Dakar Rally between La Paz and Uyuni, Bolivia, on Jan, 13, 2018.
Argentinian biker Diego Martin Duplessis races local llamas during stage seven on Jan. 13.
Started by French motorcylist Thierry Sabine, the first rally of 182 vehicles left Paris on Dec. 26, 1978 on a 6,000-mile journey to Dakar, Senegal. The race has been in South America since security concerns forced the cancellation of the 2008 rally.
Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz in the Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi of the Team Peugeot Total navigating a mountain near Lake Titicaca during stage six on Jan. 11, 2018. // Fran?ois Flamand/ DPPI/ Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com
Ford's Czech driver Martin Prokop and co-driver Jan Tomanek and Mini's Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen and German co-driver Andreas Schulz ride through the dunes of Tanaca during the 2018 Dakar Rally Stage 5 between San Juan De Marcona and Arequipa in Peru, on Jan. 10.
Cars race along the beach during the fourth stage on Jan. 9.