Dakar Stage 6 cancelled due to poor weather

The sixth stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally has been cancelled because of increasing bad weather in Bolivia.

Friday’s fifth stage from Tupiza to Oruro was shortened across all categories, as a rainstorm hit the area around Oruro and made some of the tracks impossible to navigate.

As conditions deteriorated, rally organisers decided to cancel Saturday's stage, which was set to run for a total of 786km (with a 527km timed section), from Oruro to the Bolivian capital of La Paz.

The cancellation of the sixth stage means competitors are effectively given a two-day rest, as the official rest day was due to be held in La Paz on Sunday.

Action will therefore resume on Monday with Stage 7, running from La Paz to Uyuni, covering a total of 622km, of which 322km will be timed.

Peugeot driver Stephane Peterhansel currently leads the way in the cars category, KTM rider Sam Sunderland heads the bikes classification and Iveco's Gerard de Rooy tops the trucks standings.

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