The Total Paris-Dakar 2001 Rally got underway today in Paris, France, with the competition taking place on a 3.72-mile course.

BMW's Juan Roma and KTM's Giovanni Sala began their battle today, with both riders completing the course in the same time. Third place went to KTM's Alfie Cox with Richard Sainct fourth.

Americans Johnny Campbell (Honda) and Jimmy Lewis (BMW) ended the day fifth and sixth, respectively.

Dakar Rally News


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Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.

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