Stage six of this year’s Dakar Rally was cancelled on Saturday due to extreme weather conditions in Bolivia.
Whilst competitors and staff waded their way through the rain-drenched bivouac, scouts sent out by organisers to check the 786km test from the mining town of Oruro to the Bolivian capital La Paz reported deteriorating terrain.
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The competitors will now have two rest days before the race resumes on Monday with stage 7, which runs from La Paz to Uyuni and covers a total of 622km, of which 322 km will be timed.
Heading into Monday’s challenge Britain’s Sam Sunderland leads the motorcycle standings on his KTM while French multiple Dakar Rally champion Stephane Peterhansel from France is on top in the car category in his Peugeot.