Editer l'article Suivre ce blog Administration + Créer mon blog
17 juin 2012 7 17 /06 /juin /2012 06:34








Published: Saturday, June 16th 2012

Hotting up at GCT Cannes as Frenchman Rozier wins

French rider Philippe Rozier sent the temperature rising on the Riviera with a determined victory at the GCT in Cannes ahead of tonight’s Grand Prix.

Philippe had to beat a blistering round by German Philipp Weishaupt who finished on 59.50 after a remarkable display of speed on his bay stallion Leoville 2. But with only a few riders to go in the 5* class, Philippe was faster at the halfway mark and took the outside turn to the final Jaeger-LeCoultre fence but at a super fast pace to finish in 58.96.

Philippe, riding his chestnut mare Akita, said: “It is a great pleasure to win here at the GCT in Cannes and very special to win in France. I decided not to take the inside turn to the last but I went very fast to the last.”

Rozier Global Champions Tour Cannes

(Photo credits: Sportfot/GCT)

The final rider to go, speed supremo Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil on HH Palouchin, put up a courageous challenge but was placed third in 60.44. Four out of the first six positions were taken by home riders with Simon Delestre, Eugenie Angot and Pénélope Leprevost in fourth, fifth and six places.

Talented speed riders Sergio Alvarez Moya and Roger-Yves Bost both fell victim at the Spring Garden double combination knocking down the vertical rail.

The atmosphere and the temperature have been rising throughout the day in anticipation of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix where the world’s star riders will be pulling out all the stops for all-important GCT ranking points and the richest prize money in the sport.

Flying Dutchman Gerco triumphs in Grand Prix thriller

Gerco Schröder hit the Global Champions Tour jackpot tonight beating Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Edwina Tops-Alexander in a top class Grand Prix finale.

The Dutch rider hit the gas early in the jump off on his stallion Eurocommerce London and accelerated to the finish line in 34.22 beating Swedish rider Rolf and the champion horse Casall La Silla.

Edwina was last to go and the crowd held their breath as she entered the ring to try for a historic hatrick - winning three GCT Grand Prix in Cannes. The packed grandstand went silent as the Australian golden girl and her star horse Cevo Itôt du Chateau pushed for the triple. They flew over the final Global Champions Tour fence but despite a characteristically brilliant round, Edwina and Itôt finished in 34.89 and third place on the podium.

Podium Global Champions Tour Cannes

(photo credits: Sportfot/GCT)

Edwina remains current ranking leader of the GCT 2012 series so far and has led the board since the opening event in Doha, Qatar, in April. It means the GCT series is wide open with several leading riders in contention for the overall championship at the end of the season in November.

All three riders in the Cannes Grand Prix achieved triple clears round a series of seriously challenging courses designed by Uliano Vezzani.

Gerco’s horse had the least experience but the Dutch rider, who scooped €94,050 for first place, said: “I had a feeling he could win. For me he is a very special horse. From when he was young I had a feeling about him.” Gerco bought London aged five and started riding him a year later and said: “This year I wanted to ride him and do a good performance here.”

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, now fifth on the GCT ranking, said: “I am very, very happy to be second. When you go out first in the jump off, you have to take a risk but today Casall was in great form.” The champion Swedish rider said he will soon have to choose between Casall and Ninja for the London Olympics: “It looks like Casall because I am still waiting for Ninja to get fit again. We will have to make a decision soon as time is running on.”

Edwina had received the biggest cheers of the night as she bid for a third Grand Prix win and the chance to write equestrian history in the jet set resort of Cannes. Speaking about the result she said: “So close but so far. Itôt is in great form and if someone had told me I would be third I would have been very happy. We are all here to try to win. Maybe I could have done one less stride to the last, but I am very happy.”

GCT President Jan Tops said: “I have been here for 30 years and it gets better and better every year. The crowd are really knowledgeable, always cheering and enthusiastic, they love the whole show. The show and the sport have developed so much over the years. Today at lunchtime I was able to watch the amateur riders competing here on my iphone, which means we are bringing the sport into people’s homes and giving it more exposure all the time, which we all want.”

Global Champions Tour Season 2012

QAT Doha Qatar
5 Apr - 7 Apr 2012
ESP Valencia Spain
4 May - 6 May 2012

GER Hamburg Germany
16 May - 20 May 2012
GER Wiesbaden Germany
25 May - 28 May 2012

FRA Cannes France
14 Jun - 16 Jun 2012
MON Monte-Carlo Monaco
28 Jun - 30 Jun 2012

POR Estoril Portugal
13 Jul - 14 Jul 2012
FRA Chantilly France
20 Jul - 22 Jul 2012

NED Valkenswaard Netherlands
17 Aug - 19 Aug 2012
SUI Lausanne Switzerland
14 Sep - 16 Sep 2012

AUT Vienna Austria
20 Sep - 23 Sep 2012
CHN Shanghai China
4 Oct - 6 Oct 2012

UAE Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
22 Nov - 24 Nov 201

Partager cet article




  •  ROYAL MONACO RIVIERA      ISSN 2057-5076
  • : Royal Monaco Riviera web magazine fondé par Luigi MATTERA est le PREMIER site online de Monaco en presse écrite . Royal Monaco Riviera, il primo sito online del Principato divenuto cartaceo.ARTE, CULTURA, SOCIETA' della Riviera Ligure e Costa Azzurra!
  • Contact