Dakar 2017 a The Royal Stage…Cancelled!
INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS TEAM
The 9th stage was supposed to be The Royal Stage. But this year´s DAKAR does not belong to the fortunate ones. The capricious weather even divided the participants and their accompaniments. Part of them is already in Salta while others are on the road across the mountains directly to Chilecito. The alternate route snakes at altitudes above 4000 m, at a length of about 1200 km and makes use of the unpaved roads, so it will be really challenging for some of the accompanying vehicles. We believe that the difficult path will be overcome by everyone without much trouble and that the two groups will meet in Chilecito in the evening. Perhaps everybody will eventually get serviced, vehicles as well as people, and tomorrow the race will start again. Probably nothing significant will happen, but if the length and difficulty stages remain as originally planned, there may be still some shifts in the final ranking.
Stage 10 CHILECITO – SAN JUAN should generally measure 751 km, of which 449 special section. It is one of the last stages of this length. So we wish it to be left intact.
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Greetings from Aleš Loprais