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Dakar 2017 'Super Belen' stage cancelled due to road chaos
The 2017 Dakar Rally's long-anticipated "Super Belen" stage on Wednesday has been cancelled.
The Salta - Chilecito run was going to cover 977 kilometres, 406 of them timed, and was described as a potentially decisive stage for determining the rally's winners.
However, the organisational issues created by poor weather on Tuesday during the Uyuni - Salta stage have forced the "Super Belen" to be cancelled.
The crux of the issue lies in a rockslide that occurred on the road link between the finish of Tuesday's stage and the Salta bivouac, 160km away from the destination.
Assistance vehicles and many competitors have been re-routed to a different path through San Antonio de los Cobres, but it proved nonviable for some, meaning they would not have been able to make the bivouac and prepare for Wednesday's stage.
As a result, the rally will now instead use Wednesday to reconvene at the Chilecito bivouac, from where it can continue as scheduled.
The statement released by Dakar organisers has also noted that the rally was lending its resources to the nearby village of Volcan, which had been ravaged by the rainstorm and the resulting mud avalanches.