Gregor Bloeb and Tobias Moretti ride during practice for the Paris-Dakar in Morocco on October 22nd, 2012

Dakar 2013 – Stage 1

, Lima, Peru

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STAGE ONE: LIMA - PISCO / LIAISON SECTIONS: 250km / SPECIAL STAGE: 13km / It won’t be long before competitors become spread out but for now this mini special stage organised on the outskirts of Pisco will be used to divide up the competitors into categories according to their level. The initial stage won’t be as stiff as the drink that made the region famous, but the picture postcard landscape is especially appealing. Concentration will be required over the several timed kilometres but during the liaison sections competitors can take time to admire the scenery. Nevertheless, the light-hearted attitude and relaxed driving style adopted by the competitors during this first day must not mislead them: the Dakar has really begun.

Dakar Rally: dakar.com/index_DAKus.html

Carlos Sainz: carlos-sainz.com

Marc Coma: marccoma.com

Francisco Chaleco López : chalecolopez.cl

Cyril Despres : cyrildespres.com