Posted: Friday January 18, 2013 6:46 PM

Stephane Peterhansel closes in on Dakar title

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LA SERENA, Chile (AP) - American Robby Gordon won the 13th stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday, while Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel kept his lead in the overall standings with one day to go.

Gordon was 22 seconds ahead of Guerlain Chicherit of France in the cars category, while Peterhansel finished nearly 14 minutes off the pace.

Peterhansel is still expected to win his 11th Dakar title barring any mishap, as he leads the overall car standings by 44 minutes, 38 seconds ahead of Giniel de Villieres of South Africa. Other competitors are more than an hour behind.

The rally finishes Saturday in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

 
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