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Dakar 2017: Social roundup to set the scene for this year’s rally


xxxx during previews to the 2017 Dakar Rally on January 1, 2017 in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Dan Istitene

In the kickoff to the 2017 Dakar Rally from Paraguay to Argentina, all competitors have to go through technical inspection prior to starting the rally itself.

It gives the competitors one more day to prepare - or rest - before the two-week journey.

Here’s a roundup of some of the competitors’ advance posts on social media, plus some key posts from the event itself.

NBCSN’s Dakar Rally coverage starts on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET (full times linked here).