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Peterhansel has 27 minute lead, one day left

Updated: January 15, 2005, 4:19 PM ET
Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal -- French driver Stephane Peterhansel closed in on victory at the Dakar Rally on Saturday with a fifth-place finish in the next-to-last stage.

South Africa's Giniel de Villiers won the 15th stage, covering 140 miles through savanna from Tambacounda to Dakar in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 15 seconds. France's Bruno Saby was 57 seconds back and Portugal's Carlos Sousa was a minute behind.

Overall, Peterhansel is 27:13 ahead of countryman Luc Alphand, with De Villiers ...

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