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Image gallery: The 2016 Dakar Rally in 30 photographs

Team OD  /
19 Jan 2016 19:11:18 IST

The DakarRally is one of the toughest rallies in the world. Every year, contestants from all around, and from various breeds of racing, make their way to South America in hopes of checking "complete the Dakar" or "win the Dakar" off their bucket list. This year, Stephane Peterhansel in aPeugeot 2008 DKR, checked"win 12th Dakar title" off his list. Toby Price on the other hand, took his first Dakar win this year on his KTM 450.

The Dakar Rally takes participants through the most diverse terrains in the toughest of conditions. On one day, the participants would find themselves in loose sand under the scorching sun,while on the next day, they would be in the cold mountains with barely anyoxygen to breathe. To truly know what the Dakar is, one must physically be there at theevent. But since that's not anoption for everyone, here's a glimpse of the Dakar Rally in images.

Carlos Sainz during stage 10 from Belen to La Rioja, Argentina on January 13, 2016Carlos Sainz drivingfrom Belen to La Rioja in Stage 10 of the Dakar

Sebastien Loeb (FRA) from Team Peugeot Total  is towed by Cyril Despres (FRA) during stage 11 of Rally Dakar 2016 from La Rioja to San Juan, Argentina on January 14, 2016. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160115-00007 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Sebastien Loeb is towed by teammate, Cyril Despres, inStage 11 of the rally. This stage took participants from La Rioja to San Juan

Andrey Karginov (RUS) from Team Kamaz Master races during stage 11 of Rally Dakar 2016 from La Rioja to San Juan, Argentina on January 14, 2016. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160115-00003 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Russian, Andrey Karginov from Team Kamaz Master, on Stage 11

Marcos Patronelli (ARG) of Yamaha Racing Team races during stage 11 of Rally Dakar 2016 from La Rioja to San Juan, Argentina on January 14, 2016 // Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160114-00589 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Yamaha Racing Team's Marcos Patronelli, the overall winner of the quad category, races ahead

Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) from Team Peugeot Total performs during stage 10 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Belen to La Rioja, Argentina on January 13, 2016 // Florent Gooden / DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20160114-00572 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Stephane Peterhansel battles the dunes in Stage 10 of the Dakar

Jakub Przygonski (POL) from Orlen X-Raid Team performs during stage 10 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Belen to La Rioja, Argentina on January 13, 2016. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160113-00152 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Orlen X-Raid Team's Jakub Przygonski makes his way across the endless desert that stretches ahead

Stephane Peterhansel  (FRA) from Team Peugeot Total performs during stage 10 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Belen to La Rioja, Argentina on January 13, 2016. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160113-00148 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Stephane PeterhanselandTon Van Genugten crossing paths on Stage 10

Carlos Sainz (ESP) from Team Peugeot Total performs during stage 09 of Rally Dakar 2016 around Belen, Argentina on January 12, 2016 // DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20160112-00138 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Spanish WRC driver, Carlos Sainz on Stage 9 of the Dakar, nearBelen in Argentina

Antoine Meo (FRA) from Red Bull KTM Factory Team performs during stage 9 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Belen to Belen, Argentina on January 12, 2016. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160112-00121 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Antoine Meo, a four-time enduro world champion, making progress on Stage 10

Cyril Despres (FRA) from Team Peugeot Total  performs during stage 8 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Salta to Belen, Argentina on January 11, 2016. // Frederic Le Floc'h / DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20160112-00052 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Dmitry Sotnikov (RUS) from Team Kamaz Master performs during stage 8 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Salta to Belen, Argentina on January 11, 2016. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160111-00326 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Dmitry Sotnikov from Russiacontinues onward as the two Americans, Sheldon Creed and Jonah Street, hurry to fix their vehicle up

Carlos Sainz (ESP) from Team Peugeot-Total races during stage 07 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Uyuni, Bolivia to Salta, Argentina on January 9, 2016 // Frederic Le Floc'h / DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20160111-00116 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) from Team Peugeot-Total races during stage 07 of Rally Dakar 2016 from Uyuni, Bolivia to Salta, Argentina on January 9, 2016 // DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20160111-00114 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Stephane Peterhansel making quite a splash on Stage 7

Cyril Despres (FRA) from Team Peugeot-Total performs during stage 06 of Rally Dakar 2016 around Uyuni, Bolivia on January 8, 2016 // DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20160110-00101 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Cyril Despres has a close call onStage 6 of the Dakar

Sebastien Loeb (FRA) from Team Peugeot-Total performs during stage 06 of Rally Dakar 2016 around Uyuni, Bolivia on January 8, 2016 // Eric Vargiolu / DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160110-00098 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //Sebastien Loeb made quick progress through the WRC-like stages

48  BRABEC RICKY (usa) HONDA action during the Dakar 2016 Argentina,  Bolivia, Etape 12 / Stage 12,  San Juan - Villa Carlos Paz,  from  January 15, 2016 - Photo Frederic Le Floc'h / DPPIHonda's Brabec Ricky in action duringStage 12 of the Dakar

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Dakar 2016 (6)Spaniard, Laia Sanz shows off a little on her KTM 450

516 VAN GENUGTEN TON VAN LIMPT ANTON VAN EERD PETER (nld) IVECO action during the Dakar 2016 Argentina,  Bolivia, Etape 6 - Stage 6, Uyuni - Uyuni,  from  January 8, 2016 - Photo Frederic Le Floc'h / DPPI

501 DE ROOY GERARD TORRALLARDONA MOISES RODEWALD DAREK (nld) IVECO action during the Dakar 2016 Argentina,  Bolivia, Etape 6 - Stage 6, Uyuni - Uyuni,  from  January 8, 2016 - Photo Frederic Le Floc'h / DPPIGerard De Rooy won the truck category inhis Powerstar Iveco

Sebastien Loeb (FRA) of Team Peugeot-Total races during stage 12 of Rally Dakar 2016 from San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina on January 15th, 2016 // Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160115-00321 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) of Team Peugeot-Total performs during stage 11 of Rally Dakar 2016 from La Rioja to San Juan, Argentina on January 14, 2016 // Eric Vargiolu / DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160115-00029 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

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Toby Price (3) races with Kevin Benavides (47) in Stage 11 from La Rioja to San Juan, Argentina on January 14, 2016KTM's Toby Price (3) races with Honda's Kevin Benavides (47) in Stage 11

Stephane Peterhansel Team Peugeot making his way  through Stage 10Stage 10 got very tricky with plenty of dunes and loose sand

Nasser Al-Attiyah making good progress even with half his car missingA missing front end wasn'tenough to stop Nasser Al-Attiyahfrom finishing second in his category at the Dakar

Eduard Nikolaev from Team Kamaz Master on Stage 10Eduard Nikolaev's Kamaz truck is dwarfed by the vast desert

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