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. 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.
Dmitry Sotnikov claimed stage 8, his first victory since the start in Lima. The Russian put over five minutes into Federico Villagra and 8'33' into fellow countryman Ayrat Mardeev in Tupiza.