By Global Champions Tour
The penultimate class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes was won by Gregory Wathelet (BEL) and Riesling du Monselet, who put in a truly brave performance as the rain began to fall on the French Riviera. Second place went to Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) and VDL Groep Eureka and 3rd to Doda de Miranda (BRA) and AD Amigo B.
The speed class was full of the all the big names preparing for the feature Grand Prix this evening. Before the weather turned, the twisting Uliano Vezzani course was causing problems at many points with rails falling throughout, but 14 of the 40 starters cleared the course without fault.
Gregory Wathelet came from the middle of the draw to take the lead just as the heavy rain began to fall in a time of 54.44s. Maikel van der Vleuten came closest with his fast grey, stopping the clock at 55.14s but the deteriorating conditions were not in his favour. Gregory accepted his prize to apprecative applause as the rain clouds rolled by and the the arena crew prepared for the evening’s feature class – the Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes Grand Prix.
Watch the LGCT Grand Prix of Cannes live this evening from 7pm local time on GCT TV, ClassHorseTV and Equidia Life, on beINSports 3 from 9.45pm and on Eurosport from 9.30pm local time.