5-STAR SHOWJUMPING GLOBAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – For the first time the Global Champions League was held in Vienna. €7.5 million was overall prize fund. €3 million will be paid out as part of the 15 stages. Another €4.5 million will be awarded to the top finishers. In this team event 12 teams begin – the best eight ride in the 2nd round to decide the winner. Each team consists of five riders, two of which compete per round.

Allern Bertrams Team Valkenswaard gewinnt zum vierten Mal die Global Champions League. © Stefano Grasso

© Stefano Grasso

For the fourth time this season the victory went to team Valkenswaard United, who continue to expand their lead (309.5 pts). There are 40 years between the two Valkenswaard riders John Whitaker (GBR) and Bertram Allen (IRL). John Whitaker admitted in an interview that he gets nervous when Bertram rides. “I’m really bad at watching. When I ride I have no fear at all. When I watch Bertram I’m a nervous wreck!” admitted the 61-year-old Briton, who on Friday won the CSI5 * Opening competition here in Vienna. With a total of seven podium finishes and four wins this season team Valkenswaard lead the statistics. Bertram Allen was on the winning team four times, John Whitaker three times.

Laura Renwick (GBR) and Jack Towell (USA) of the Rome Gladiators won second place in today’s testing which puts them in overall fourth place (281.5). The Monaco Aces riders Leopold von Asten and Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) claimed both this 14th stage and the overall third place (299.5).

Die traditionelle "Veuve Cliquot" Schlacht auf dem Podium. © Stefano Grasso

© Stefano Grasso

Harrie Smolders (NED) and Michael Whitaker (GBR) jump to fourth place and which preserve Antwerp Diamonds’ chances, who with a total of 301 points lie in second place ahead of the final in Doha (QAT).

Theoretically Valkenswaard United, Rome Gladiators and Monaco Aces still have a chance for an overall win in this new jumping format.

Die platzierten Team mit GCL Gründer Jan Tops. © Stefano Grasso

© Stefano Grasso

Global Champions League founder Jan Tops is looking forward to the finals, which promise to be full of suspense “Today the ranking has not changed much – just a few points. In Doha it will be really exciting. I just spoke with the riders about the fact that every team that does not get a place in the second round, has no more chances. So the first round in Doha is quite critical.”

Die beeindruckende Kulisse der Longines Global Champions Tour of Vienna. © Stefano Grasso

© Stefano Grasso

60  –  Global Champions League
Team Jumping Competition over 2 rounds 1.55 m
1. Valkenswaard United (Bertram Allen – Romanov, John Whitaker – Ornellaia) 0/129,49
2. Rome Gladiators (Laura Renwick – Bintang II, Jack Towell – Emilie de Diamant A S) 0/133,02
3. Monaco Aces (Leopold von Asten – VDL Groep Miss Untouchable, Maikel van der Vleuten – VDL Groep Quatro) 4/127,86
4. Antwerp Diamonds (Harrie Smolders – Capital Colnardo, Michael Whitaker – Valentin R) 8/130,66
5. Miami Glory (Jessica Mendoza – Constance, Scott Brash – Hello M`Lord) 8/136,03
6. Vienna Eagles (Lauren Hough – Waterford, Danielle Goldstein – Czerny N) 12/132,37
7. Shanghai Swans (Janne Friederike Meyer – Chuck, Alexandra Thornton – Caballero 84) 12/135,59
8. Paris Jets (Rolf-Göran Bengtsson – Unita ASK, Kamal Abdullah Bahamdan – Lacasino) 16/135,92

Zwischenstand Global Champions League 2016
1. Valkenswaard United (309,5)
2. Antwerp Diamonds (301)
3. Monaco Aces (299,5)
4. Rome Gladiators (281,5)
5. Cannes Stars (247)
6. Paris Jets (242,5)
7. Shanghai Swans (241)
8. Cascais Charms (231,5)
9. Doha Fursan Qatar (231)
10.Madrid in Motion (230)
11.Miami Glory (229)
12.Vienna Eagles (224,5)

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