Just when it looked like the Dakar was all but won by Mitsubishi's Stephane Peterhansel, the defending champioin crashed his Pajero Evo into a tree, turning the leaderboard upside-down in a dramatic day.

Peterhansel lost over 3 hours and 30 minutes to his teammate Luc Alphand (pictured above), falling to fourth place, just 8 minutes ahead of VW's Mark Miller.

Alphand set the fastest time for the stage, and moves into the lead, but only 20 minutes ahead of Volkswagen's Giniel de Villiers. Mitusubishi's Nani Roma is now in third.

Today's stage took the rally from Mali into Guinea, and marked the first part of the "marathon stage," during which only the race trucks and their teams can service the cars during the evening layover before tomorrow's stage 13.

Three stages to go!

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