CORDOBA, Argentina - France's defending Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel took a huge step towards his 11th win on Monday as his main rival Nasser al-Attiyah struggled during Stage 9, the longest of the race.South African Giniel de Villiers, in a South African-built Toyota Hilux, is now running second though 50 minutes behind.Spaniard Nani Roma won the stage - his second of this year's race and 13th of his career - leading in a Mini 1-2 with 47-year-old Peterhansel - six times champion on a motorbike and four times in a car - second and Argentinian Orlando Terranova third in a BMW.STAGE FAVOUR BUGGIESAl-Attiyah, 2011 winner, had to stop several times during the stage in his Red Bull Buggy, including once only four kilometres from the finish, to see his dreams of a second Dakar title dashed.2013 Dakar: Stage 9 image galleryWatch Stage 9 videoPeterhansel said: "We could have gained even more time but we would have had to take risks. It's (the title) getting closer,but there are still a few long stages left which favour the buggies."We need to take time whenever we can, because we can always make mistakes in Fiambala or on the dunes of Copiapo."MOTORCYCLESEarlier, defending motorcycle champion Cyril Despres stormed back into contention for the 2013 title as the Frenchman won his first stage of this year's renewal.The now 38-year-old KTM star started the day more than 24 minutes off the pace but finished the stage second overall as he came in 4min03 ahead of Spanish rider Joan Barreda (Husqvarna).Despres put himself firmly into the mix for retaining the title as the four-times champion trails team mate Portugal's Ruben Faria by 5min23 but admitted it had been about time he made an impression."I knew it would be physically demanding, that I'd have to give it my all," Despres said. "I've got blisters on my feet and my hands are sore but I had to bang my fist on the table to say: ‘Hey, I'm here!’."Ruben and I are racing well for the team; he's in good shape and that's the most important thing right now."CASTEU COWS OUTWhile Despres entered the overall picture two of his compatriots fell away completely on the race's longest stage, 852km from Tucuman, 593km of it timed.David Casteu, who led overnight going into the stage, hit a cow with his Yamaha during the timed section which resulted in him dislocating a shoulder and another stop on the stage saw him slip from pole position to not having a hope of winning the title.His compatriot Olivier Pain also had a day to forget as he came off his machine several times and lost about 32 minutes – and all sight of overall victory.Wheels24 will be following the 'Dakar' rally throughout the race. Keep up with things on our Dakar Rally section.Dakar Rally standings after Monday's Stage 9 from Tucuman to CordobaAutosStage1 Nani Roma (ESP/Mini) 5hr36min282 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA/Mini) +4min113 Orlando Terranova (ARG/BMW) +6min544 Robby Gordon (USA/Hummer) +8min375 Giniel De Villiers (RSA/Toyota) +9min396 Carlos Sousa (POR/Great Wall) +10min237 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS/Mini) +11min208 Geoff Olholm (AUS/Toyota) +20min239 Matthias Kahle (GER/Sam-Mercedes) +26min4410 Lucio Alvarez (ARG/Toyota) +27min37Overall1 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA/Mini) 24hr11min432 Giniel De Villiers (RSA/Toyota) +49min313 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS/Mini) +56min034 Nani Roma (ESP/Mini) +1hr 34min165 Orlando Terranova (ARG/BMW) +2hr01min086 Carlos Sousa (POR/Great Wall) +2hr13min417 Ronan Chabot (FRA/SMG) +2hr35min228 Bernard Errandonea (AND/SMG) +2hr35min409 Pascal Thomasse (FRA/Buggy) +3hr03min3210 Boris Garafulic (CHI/Mini) +3hr23min30MotorcyclesStage1 Cyril Despres (FRA/KTM) 5hr41min36sec2 Joan Barreda Bort (ESP/Husqvarna) +4min 033 Alessandro Botturi (ITA/Husqvarna) +5min144 Ruben Faria (POR/KTM) +7min475 Helder Rodrigues (POR/Honda) +8min476 Ivan Jakes (SVK/KTM) +9min377 Paulo Goncalves (POR/Husqvarna) +11min148 Juan Pedrero Garcia (ESP/KTM) +12min149 Gerard Farres Guell (ESP/Honda) +14min1210 Lopez Contardo (CHI/KTM) +16min06Overall1 Ruben Faria (POR/KTM) 25hr 57min 122 Cyril Despres (FRA/KTM) +5min 233 Lopez Contardo (CHI/KTM) +9min034 Ivan Jakes (SVK/KTM) +16min565 Alessandro Botturi (ITA/Husqvarna) +22min586 Olivier Pain (FRA/Yamaha) +28min467 Helder Rodrigues (POR/Honda) +31min238 Stefan Svitko (SVK/KTM) +32min509 Jakub Przygonski (POL/KTM) +33min1310 Jeremias Israel Esquerre (CHI/Honda) +38min30Auto results as soon as we have them.