The organisers of the Dakar have no choice but to cancel stage 9, which was supposed to take place between Tupiza and Salta on Monday, January 15th.

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.


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Meo wins stage 8

Stage 8, the second leg of the marathon stage, saw Antoine Meo getting into gear. 

Just like last Thursday, the rest of the field was unable to match the pace of the KTM rider on the road to Tupiza. 

Ricky Brabec fought hard, but he ended up conceding well over a minute. 

Meanwhile, Adrien Van Beveren held on to his overall lead by just 22 seconds over an aggressive Kevin Benavides.


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Sanz cracks top ten

Laia Sanz posted her best Dakar performance in a long time by finishing ninth in Tupiza. 

Tricky weather conditions during the 500 km stage only made her ride more epic. 

2015 was the last time Sanz cracked the top 10 of a special. She went on to finish the rally in ninth place overall.



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Robert Lynn
Enduro21 Editor