Carlos Sainz won the 13th stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday as the race entered its final stretches in the West African nation of Senegal.
Carlos Sainz of Spain won the 12th stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday with the race crossing the southern Mauritanian desert and entering Mali for the first time.
Frenchman Luc Alphand captured the overall lead in the Dakar rally by winning the 12th stage Thursday.
France's Stephane Peterhansel kept his overall lead at the Dakar Rally, but Spain's Carlos Sainz won Tuesday's 10th stage.
French secret agents foiled a bid by Islamic militants to kidnap contestants in the Paris-Dakar rally earlier this month as they raced across the Sahara desert state of Mali, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Downhill skier Alphand wins Dakar stage
The Dakar rally took an unscheduled break on Saturday, steering clear of armed bandits in Mali
The weekend stages of the Dakar Rally were canceled for security reasons on Friday after reports of armed gangs awaiting drivers in Mali.