Dutch rider Maikel van der Vleuten dominated the First Competition of the GCL, exceeding by more than 1 second in the tiebreaker round the Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet and Brazilian Eduardo Menezes. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
Dutch rider Maikel van der Vleuten dominated the First Competition of Global Champions League in Doha, the last leg of the calendar.
While the time valid for the GCL is that of the regular round, a personal fight was observed in the tiebreaker round with 17 classified riders, but only 9 of them returned to seek the prize and the World Ranking Points with Maikel van der Vleuten as main protagonist.
Thus, the Dutch rider Maikel van der Vleuten accompanied by the 15-year-old stallion VDL Groep Verdi Tn (Quidam by Revel x Landgraf I) dominated the actions with a time of 37.73 seconds, which marked an advantage greater than 1 second before Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet and his 12-year-old gelding Forlap (Querlybet Hero x Heartbreaker), completing his course in 37.85 seconds.
With the results the winner Maikel van der Vleuten secured 100 World Ranking Points and Gregory Wathelet was left with 80 World Ranking Points with his second place.
For the Latino Ranking stood out Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes finishing in third place with the 11-year-old stallion Galip (Nonstop x Feo), his time was 38.99 seconds and added 70 FEI Ranking Points, while he was escorted by Lillie Keenan Ranking of the United States been representative of Pan American Ranking, completing her field in 39.94 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Fibonacci (For Feeling x Corland).
Also participated by Pan American Ranking and Latino Ranking American Olympic medalist Laura Kraut occupying the seventh place with 11-year-old gelding Deauville S (Diamant de Semilly x Lux Z) being the last to score points and no chance of points were American Lauren Hough occupying 22nd place with 4 fouls, Brazilian rider and today’s first class winner Marlon Modolo Zanotelli accumulating 8 fouls in 36th box and four times Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze finished 40th with 9 fouls.
After completing the First Global Champions League Competition, the Mexico Amigos team with Evelina Tovek and Henrik von Eckermann lead the competition with not fouls and cumulative time of 155.96 seconds.