Amazing Transalpin Alberto Zorzi in Monaco

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26 June 2017
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On Italy's Cornetto K, Italy's Alberto Zorzi wins the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of the Prince of Monaco presented by Sapinda in front of Germany's Christian Ahlmann and French medalist Kevin Staut. The Vienna Eagles, meanwhile, won in the Global Champions League in front of the Shanghai Swans and Mexico Amigos. Exceptional scenarios that brought tension to its climax on the second day of the Princière competition. The second round of the Global Champions League (GCL) raised the temperature one notch at the foot of the city's ramparts of the Palace. The 20 without fault of the previous day forced the chief of track Luc Musette to add a little more to his design, the technicality of the 12 obstacles-15 efforts and the time granted.

Difficulties were confirmed after the first 13 competitors who opened the individual ball, such as Daniel Deusser (GER) and Kevin Staut (FRA) with a bar on the ground, or Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and John Whitaker (GBR) ) who scored heavy scores of 17 and 18 points, to name but a few. The teams of the GCL at the start, it was necessary to wait for the entry of the Austrian Max Kühner for the Berlin Lions, in n ° 17, to observe the perfect course. A performance imitated a little later by six other top drivers. The final stop at the Vienna Eagles (Grégory Wathelet and Niels Bruynseels), which only counted one point of time at the end of the two heats. They are followed by Shanghai Swans (Jessica Springsteen and Roger-Yves Bost), already 2nd in Cannes and Mexico Amigos (Christian Ahlmann and Yuri Mansur). Midway to the circuit and despite two disappointments in a row, the Valkenswaard United Their supremacy over the remaining 17 teams and retain provisional leadership with a total of 133 points.

Riders' strategy Alberto Zorzi (ITA) and Janika Sprunger (SUI) set the stage for Hamburg Diamonds (125pts) and St Tropez Pirates (122pts), respectively, on this stage of John Whitaker (GBR) and Jos Verlooy (BEL), and Simon Delestre (FRA) and Jérôme Guery (BEL). The French medalist Roger-Yves Bost won the standings in Pegase du Murier in 61.58s Max Kühner / Electric Touch (AUT) in 62.45sec and Grégory Wathelet / Eldorado van het Vijverhof (BEL) in 65.62sec.The second round also allowed the 25 best to qualify for the high point of the week -end, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of the Prince of Monaco presented by Sapinda and its prize money at 300 000 € .With a winding route imposed by one of the smallest tracks of the planet and on a height of 1, 60m, the world stars had to mobilize the agility of their frames and put in p Lace the good tempo and the good approaches. The veritable palanque of Vertical No. 7, a real justice of the peace, has played tricks on the US delegation consisting of Jessica Springsteen, Jack Towell and world No. 1 Kent Farrington coming out at 4 points. World No. 2 Daniel Deusser (GER) is also penalized, as are Eric van der Vleuten (NED), Yuri Mansur (BRA) and Grégory Wathelet (BEL) who said they were confident after the recognition. Jos Verlooy (BEL), applying, was unable to cross the finish line in the time allowed.

Only the hard-hitting Christian Ahlmann (GER), Scott Brash (GBR), Kevin Staut (FRA) and Alberto Zorzi (ITA) had the opportunity to decide on the roadblock. Party in n ° 1, and known for its spectacular turns, the German and his mare Dolocia, imposed a rhythm so sustained (38.20sec) that the following had no choice but to take all risks. The Briton comes out at 8 points with Hello Forever, a little lost in the turns and who pedaled on the oxer out of double. The French medalist, accompanied by For Joy van't Zorgvliet HDC who returns to this level after being arrested after an injury, comes out at 4 points. Suspense, it was not until the passage of Alberto Zorzi to know the name of the one that would be sacred on the occasion of this 12th Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco. In this magical setting, he lowers the chronometer by 0.40 seconds and enjoys his coronation Prince.

"I am so happy with this victory, my horse has so well jumped. My coach Jan Tops advised me to remove a stride in the front row, I think that's where I gained time. I thank him because we are training hard but the result is there, "he concluded with a smile.

Italy, Germany and France climb on the Monaco podium before enjoying the usual "champagne shower". Earlier in the morning, the rising stars of the CSI2 * opened the ball with the big prizes of "Medium" and "Small" Tower. In the event at 1.30m, Mathias Hazebroek and Hanibal (BEL), already third yesterday, left the other four barragistes on the sidelines thanks with their 35,07 sec. 

Tomorrow, when the sun is at its zenith, the cream of international riders will be keen to finish off on the Trophée Casino de Monte-Carlo and its € 92,000 prize. The last day of the Monegasque competition will also offer the CSI2 * couples three opportunities to stand out, notably the Grand Prix at 1.45m which will close this 2017 edition.