- UPDATE: Toby Price has been cleared to return to Australia. He’s travelling with Rod Faggotter.
A massive landslide caused by thunderstorms happened this morning at 10.30am on the road used to join the bivouac, 40km north of Jujuy, 160km away from Salta, hitting the village of Volcan. According to the Argentinian civil security, victims are deplored in the population and considerable damage has been observed.
The organization offered its sanitary facilities to reinforce the local safety support on site. As the road is cut off, most of the vehicles, competitors, assistance and logistics from the Dakar caravan were diverted on an alternative route through San Antonio de los Cobres, extending the distance of the liaison by about 200 km. They will not be able to reach the Salta bivouac in time to start the race.
A number of larger vehicles will not be able to use that road either.
The day will be devoted to regroup the race caravan in Chilecito to continue the event by giving the start on the 12th of January of stage 10, between Chilecito and San Juan.
From Matt Hart’s Facebook page:
Matt will give an update on stage 8 soon but he finished in 39th which means he is now sitting in 55th overall! ????????????????????????
Today is our 9 year wedding anniversary & all I won’t for our anniversary is that he finishes Dakar….and places in the top 40!! ????this man is the most inspirational person I know & everything he has ever set his mind on he not only achieves he smashes it!! There are 2 little people that are going to grow up knowing that what ever they dream of they can achieve. How lucky am I!!! ????
Everyone that knows matt knows he is going to finish this. Words cannot express how amazing all of your support for Matt has been throughout this & from the bottom of our hearts thank you!! ????????
Matt’s wife Kate”
- SUNDERLAND, Sam (GBR)
- QUINTANILLA, Pablo (CHL) +20:58
- VAN BEVEREN, Adrien (FRA) +28:49
- WALKNER, Matthias (AUT) +34:14
- FARRES, Guell Gerard (ESP) +34:24
- DE SOULTRAT, Xavier (FRA) +50:10
- RENET, Pierre Alexandre (FRA) +01hour:08m:09s
- GONÇALVES, Paulo (PRT) +01hour:08m:34
- BARREDA BORT, Joan (ESP) +01hour:10m:53s
- RODRIGUES, Joaquim (PRT) +01hour:36m:00s
15. SMITH, Todd (AUS) +02hour:01m:56s
55. HART, Matthew (AUS) +06hour:26m:36s