KEY STAGES

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STAGE 1 Race start in Asun­cion, Paraguay, Jan­uary 2.

STAGE 3 The event moves into the moun­tains where it will stay above 3000m for the next eight days.

STAGE 4 Rally reaches its ‘cruis­ing alti­tude’ of 3600m, the first of the long spe­cial stages of 416km (260 miles) and the first sand dunes. STAGE 6 The long­est spe­cial of the event at 527km (330 miles).

STAGE 7 Part one of the marathon stages. Rid­ers go mi­nus me­chan­i­cal as­sis­tance for two days, the sec­ond of which has ter­rain ‘like the moon’.

STAGE 9 At 1000km (621 miles) this is the long­est day in the rally and could prove a de­ci­sive day in the race. STAGE 10 A dif­fi­cult day tech­ni­cally with a lot of ‘tri­als-like’ sec­tions.

STAGE 12 The fi­nal day, Jan­uary 14, has a short, easy, spe­cial. Rid­ers will know at the bivouac who’s won.

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