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Dakar Rally update: Monday’s Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, poor conditions

2018 Dakar Rally - Day Eight

UNSPECIFIED, BOLIVIA - JANUARY 14: Cyril Despres of France and Peugeot Total drives with co-driver David Castera of France in the 3008 DKR Peugeot car in the Classe : T1.4 2 Roues Motrices, Diesel during stage eight of the 2018 Dakar Rally between Uyuni and Tupiza on January 14, 2018 in UNSPECIFIED, Bolivia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

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Monday’s Stage 9 of the Dakar Rally was cancelled due to rain that inundated the area Sunday, resulting in track conditions that made racing impassible.

Stage 9 was originally slated to go from Tupiza, Bolivia, to Salta, Argentina. But due to Monday’s cancellation, teams will move their encampments across the Argentinian border to Salta.

Stage 10 will start early Tuesday in Salta and progress to Belen, Argentina.

After that, there will be four stages remaining, ending Saturday in Cordoba, Argentina.

Here’s the official statement from Rally officials about Monday’s Stage 9 cancellation:

“The organizers of the Dakar had no choice but to cancel Stage 9, which was supposed to take place between Tupiza and Salta on Monday.

“Weather conditions in the area in the last few days are preventing assistance crews from refurbishing race vehicles for tomorrow’s stage after the demanding marathon stage.

“The field of the Dakar will therefore head to the Salta bivouac by road. The rally will resume with stage 10 from Salta to Belén.”