Dakar Stage 6 Cancelled

Cycle News Staff | January 6, 2012

Organizers have been forced to cancel Friday’s Stage Six of the Dakar 2012 because of bad weather conditions that made it unsafe for competitors to cross the Andes Cordillera at the highest point of this year’s edition.

Chilean authorities closed the Paso de San Francisco, situated at 15,000 fett above sea level overnight because of snow and rain. This, together with the fact that the course has been generally hit by rain and snow, means that the organizers felt they could not guarantee the safety of competitors and support personnel – thus the cancelation. Organizers instead will organize a convoy for all vehicles that will follow the main road to Copiapo, Chile for the one rest day on Saturday.