Since 8 o'clock local time, the competitors and organisation vehicles on the Dakar 2012 are heading towards the bivouac at Copiapó in Chile. Since the day's stage has been cancelled for safety reasons due to snow on the route, the cars, bikes, quads and trucks are on the link stage for the entire route planned for Friday. The border crossing between Argentina and Chile, at the Paso San Francisco pass, closed to the public by the authorities has been specially opened for the rally caravan. It has been reached by the first competitors, who are currently carrying out the administrative formalities at the border post. Juan Pedrero Garcia, Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Joan Barreda Bort and the second-placed rider in the general classification, Marc Coma, are in the leading group. They have covered a little more than 200 kilometres out of the 641 km which will lead them to their destination.