Gregory Wathelet of Belgium secured an easy victory in the Second Competition of the Global Champions League against Spanish Sergio Álvarez Moya and Dutch Harrie Smolders. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Gregory Wathelet of Belgium took an easy victory in the €155,000 Second GCL Competition, securing 130 World Ranking Points.
Taking a lead of 1.21 seconds to his nearest rival, Gregory Wathelet stopped the clock in 72.10 seconds in the speed class, introducing himself with the 13-year-old stallion Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar) owned by Daniel Demartin.
This result represented the second Tour victory for Gregory Wathelet, surpassing the Spanish rider Sergio Álvarez Moya and his 16-year-old gelding Carlo 273 (Contender x Cascavelle) owned by Marta Ortega. For third place and at a slower pace, Dutch rider Harrie Smolders was in 76.30 seconds next to 13-year-old stallion Emerald N.O.P. (Diamant de Semilly x Carthago Z).
Also home riders Maikel van der Vleuten and Leopol van Asten, were in charge to occupy fourth and fifth place, completing the five best classified in a course designed by the Italian Uliano Vezzani.
For the Latino Ranking Carlos Lopez of Colombia said goodbye with the best class time in 68.49 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall) owned by S.A.S. Harás Des Grillons, but they would demolish a pole that finished them in seventh place, result that allowed to add 55 World Ranking Points.
Also with points fir the Pan American Ranking was US riders Jack Towell in 13th place and Paris Sellon in 16th place, both with 4 fouls.
Out of the points by latinos was the Mexican rider Jose Alfredo Hernandez Ortega with the 11-year-old mare Grupo Prom Rahmannshof Before (Tenerife Vdl x Matterhorn) in 45th place, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil was 48th with the 11-year-old mare Sirene de la Motte (Apache d’Adriers x Uriel d’Orval), Enrique Gonzalez of Mexico escorted him in the 49th position with the 10-year-old mare Chacna (Chacco-Blue x Narew XX) and Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes with the 12-year-old gelding Quintol (Quintender x Cento) finished 54th.