Officials call off sixth leg of Dakar Rally

Officials called off the sixth leg of the Dakar Rally on Thursday due to dangerous, snowy weather conditions in the Andes, where drivers were to cross Friday from Argentina to the Chilean city of Copiapo.

Officials said vehicles will cross the high mountain pass in a convoy Friday, but there will be no competitive leg.

It was not immediately clear if the sixth leg would be run later, or if the rally would simply move to the seventh leg on Saturday.

Stephane Peterhansel of France leads the overall car category after Thursday's fifth leg, while Cyril Despres leads the motorcycles.

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