Dakar opening stage cancelled due to weather

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ROSARIO, Argentina: Poor weather forced the cancellation of Sunday’s Dakar Rally opening stage because of safety concerns, a day after 10 people were injured when a car crashed into spectators. Thunderstorms and heavy rain prompted organizers to scrap the scheduled 600-kilometer plus route from Rosario to Villa Carlos Paz, with the conditions grounding safety helicopters and leaving parts of the course flooded. The first stage was supposed to include a 258km timed special for cars and a 227km section for motorcycles, but the entire field instead travelled to Cordoba under link section conditions. The weather is again expected to have an impact on Monday’s stage, with Lavigne admitting it could be shortened by at least 150 kilometers.

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