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The Rally Dakar or­ga­niz­ers, ASO, have an­nounced the route of the 2017 Dakar. The big­gest news is the fact that the route will fea­ture a new host­ing coun­try: Paraguay. In early Jan­uary 2017, the South Amer­i­can coun­try will stage the start of the leg­endary event. The com­peti­tors will roll over the start podium in Paraguay’s cap­i­tal Asun­ción af­ter also hav­ing passed the scru­ti­neer­ing and the ad­min­is­tra­tive checks. From there, the com­peti­tors will travel to Bo­livia where the cap­i­tal of La Paz will be the host for the field on the Rest Day. The final stages will be con­tested in Ar­gentina where the rally will fin­ish on Jan­uary 14th, 2017, in Buenos Aires.

Al­though the in­di­vid­ual stages have not yet been de­ter­mined, one thing al­ready is clear: the field will have to cope with a min­i­mum of five days in Bo­livia reach­ing a height of 3,500 me­tres above sea level. Last year, the stages in Bo­livia took sev­eral com­peti­tors to their limit. No other cap­i­tal in the world is lo­cated at a height like La Paz and as a re­sult, even the Rest Day will be an ex­haust­ing af­fair for the com­peti­tors.

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