The 2017 Dakar Rally has been hit by bad weather. The stage Oruro - La Paz was a mammoth 786km test, out of which 527km was timed section. The sixth stage was the longest timed section in this edition of the Dakar.
Bad weather and heavy thundershowers forced the Dakar organisers to cancel the sixth stage of the rally. The rain lasted for 12 hours and washed out the tracks and swelled up rivers in the mountainous region of Bolivia.
Yesterday was a rest day for the competitors and the assistant crews at La Paz bivouac. Today's stage will take the competitors back to Argentina.
Hero Motorsports Team rally rider CS Santosh endured the tricky stage conditions and showed consistent pace and he is in 70th overall after stage six. His teammate Joaquim Rodrigues is in 11th position in the overall standings.
The drivers and riders received a rapturous welcome as they entered the Bolivian capital. Thousands of Bolivians gathered across the streets to cheer the competitors as the riders and drivers made their way to the bivouac.
2017 Dakar Overall Results After Stage 6
1. Sam Sunderland(GBR) KTM
2. Pablo Quintanilla(CHL) Husqvarna
3. Adrien Van Beveren(FRA) Yamaha
1. Simon Vitse(FRA) Yamaha
2. Sergey Karyakin(RUS) Yamaha
3. Axel Dutrie(FRA) Yamaha
1. Stephane Peterhansel(FRA) Peugeot
2. Sebastien Loeb(FRA) Peugeot
3. Cyril Despres(FRA) Peugeot
1. Gerard De Rooy(NLD) Iveco
2. Eduard Nikolaev(RUS) Kamaz
3. Dmitry Sotnikov(RUS) Kamaz
Watch all the action form day one of the 2017 Dakar Rally by clicking the gallery below.