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Surprise Chile withdrawal forces Dakar 2019 rethink

The presentation of the route of the 2019 Dakar Rally scheduled for last Monday was postponed by organiser ASO after the last-minute withdrawal of Chile from the event. Initial plans for the 41st edition of the Dakar included a new country - Ecuador - in a route that would cross the South American continent from south to north, incorporating Chile and Peru. Conversations between ASO and various Latin American governments started after the end of the 2018 race from the end of January, with some preliminary talks having kicked off even earlier. But the first setback was the decision of Marc Coma, sporting director for the last three editions, at the beginning of February not to continue in...
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