Peterhansel is the most decorated driver at the Dakar Rally, having won an unprecedented 13 titles. His 14th win and record eighth in a car are pending on the last stage back to Jeddah, where the rally in Saudi Arabia started 11 days ago.
The 55-year-old Mini driver, aided by co-pilot Edouard Boulanger, finished 14min 51sec ahead of Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah (Toyota), with Spain's Carlos Sainz — winner of Friday's 12th and final stage from Yanbu to Jeddah — rounding out the podium in another Mini.
Participants can only register as individuals, not as teams, and they can choose from two categories: the Challenger category, which is open to people aged 14 to 60, and the Explorer category that is open to people aged 17-60.
Italian motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi said riders needed to “improve their behaviour” and show more respect after he and teammate Maverick Vinales narrowly escaped serious injury in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Cavendish was not expected to be among the eight riders selected by Deceuninck-Quick Step for the Tour but was a last-minute inclusion in the squad following Sam Bennett’s withdrawal. Known as the "Manx Missile," the rider from the Isle of Man shook his head in disbelief as he pulled on the jersey.
The race, organised in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and RCS Sport, is set to kick-start the 2022 UCI WorldTour racing calendar, starting and finishing in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.
The hills of Hatta will be buzzing on Friday morning as the biggest stars of international mountain bike scene compete at the Hatta MTB Trail Centre for glory in the second HERO Dubai Hatta.
UAE Team Emirates leader Pogacar effectively retained the "Race of the Two Seas" run between the Mediterranean and the Adriatic when he romped away from his rivals during stage six on Saturday.
Attiyah said: "It was a good last stage and completely different to the first three. It was all gravel through the mountains. It was fantastic and we are obviously very happy with the result.