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A rainbow is seen as the sun casts shadows on a dune during the Seventh stage between El Ayoun and Bou Lanouar (899 kilometers) of the first edition of the Africa Race, on January 6, 2009. The Africa Race started on december 30 in Nador, Morocco, and continue over 13 days and 7.000 kilometres (4, 375 miles) through Mauritania to lac Rose in Senegal. Schlesser carried off todays leg ahead of Russian Sergey Savenko in a Honda and third placed Egyptian Abdelhamid Abouyoussef in a Toyota. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE

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In this print by Lionel Bonaventure, we are transported to the vast and awe-inspiring landscape of Africa during the first edition of the Africa Race in 2009. The image captures a moment of pure magic as a vibrant rainbow emerges against the backdrop of a sun-drenched sand dune, casting enchanting shadows across its surface. As the sun's rays illuminate the desert terrain, it creates an ethereal glow that highlights every grain of sand. The contrasting colors between the golden dunes and the vivid hues of the rainbow create a striking visual spectacle that is both breathtaking and surreal. This particular stage between El Ayoun and Bou Lanouar spans an impressive distance of 899 kilometers (559 miles), showcasing not only the physical endurance required for such a rally but also highlighting Africa's diverse landscapes. From Morocco to Senegal, participants embark on an epic journey covering over 7,000 kilometers (4,375 miles) through Mauritania. French driver Jean-Louis Schlesser triumphs in today's leg ahead of Russian Sergey Savenko and Egyptian Abdelhamid Abouyoussef. Their vehicles - Honda and Toyota respectively - add another layer to this already fascinating scene. Bonaventure's skillful composition perfectly encapsulates both the harshness and beauty found within this arduous race. It serves as a testament to human determination while reminding us of nature's ability to surprise us with moments like these – where rainbows emerge from desolate sands, creating

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