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The Global Champions Tour heads to the southern gateway of Europe: Estoril, Spain
The stunning Estoril, Portugal venue location for the 6th leg of the Global Champions Tour series in 2011: the seaside town of Cascais - Photo credit: Estoril Tourism
The Global Champions Tour season turns to Portugal to the city of Estoril with the top international show jumping being held on July 1-2, 2011 and you can tune in on the tour’s designated website to watch the live streaming action, and catch the latest news and results.
Portugal is everything that tourists are looking for in Europe. The historical heritage is one of the oldest and most important empires in the western world and Estoril, nestled in the southern zone of the country, shares its own significance. Fantastic beaches, which are still wild and well preserved, great food and wine, the generous spirit of the Portugese people and a leader in the provision of international sporting events.
For hundreds of years, since King Pedro I (1364) raised the station of Estoril as one of the world’s most desired playgrounds for high society, the city has been showcasing grand sporting events such as sailing, adventure sports, motor sports (GP), golf, tennis and show jumping.
In fact, the showjumping venue is located in the coastal town of Cascais, an exclusive seaside township that came to prominence as a destination for high society, diplomats and nobility as early as the 1300’s.
Boasting two international sporting events this year including the Global Champions Tour, Cascais will also host the America’s Cup World Cup Sailing series in August this year.
Duarte Guedes, President of the organising committee for the Global Champions Tour in Estoril, has been committed to the event since the leading show jumping tour commenced in 2006. “It is very good to see the Global Champions Tour progressing so well since the first competitions in 2006 when we first became a partner for the series. Over time the Estoril public have developed good knowledge about the sport of show jumping. They love the horses, the jumping and are always supportive.”
“Of course having the top riders in the world coming here to compete is exceptional,” Duarte also commented. “We are honoured to have the world’s best show jumping circuit here and to continue our country’s history of attracting top equestrian sporting events to our region.”
There are many expectations for the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Spain and with Australian Edwina Alexander already building a healthy lead at the top with 155 points it will be interesting to see who can challenge her for the ranking leader title.
‘I'm really happy that I have been the first rider to reach the milestone mark,” remarked Edwina. “The ranking can change from show to show so it’s a matter of being consistent. I have been placed in every GCT event this year and I hope I can keep it up.”
Behind Edwina on the GCT ranking, there is German Ludger Beerbaum, on 151.50 points, who is also a strong contender for the Global Champions Tour 2011 title. He placed second at each of the tour’s Grand Prix in Valencia, Germany and Cannes and led the rankings after Cannes. Although placing 14th in the Grand Prix in Monaco with Chaman after jumping clean in the first round and having three rails in the second round, he will be out to avenge his relegation to second on the GCT scorecard.
Alvaro de Miranda Neto (BRA) sits with 123 points and Denis Lynch (IRL) has 120 points, and are 3rd and 4th respectively.
Last year’s winner in Estoril, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum has nominated to start. She returned to the saddle for the GCT Monaco event after missing the Cannes leg of the tour due to a back problem.
But it is Rolf-Goran Bengtsson from Sweden who is ‘on fire’ at present having won both the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix’s in Germany and Monaco with the stallion Casall La Silla.
All of these riders will compete in Estoril this coming weekend with Bengtsson set to start Casall La Silla once again in the Grand Prix which has 285,000 Euros total prize money on offer.
At the conclusion of Estoril there are just four Global Champions Tour events remaining: Chantilly, Valkenswaard, and Rio de Janeiro, with the season culmination at the Al Forsan International Sports arena in Abu Dhabi 24-26 November.
The race is on between the top professional riders to win the 300,000-euro bonus cheque for the overall highest ranked rider of the season.
Major tour sponsors Jaeger-LeCoultre will take a great presence at the Estoril event offering a beautifully crafted Reverso watch for the winner. The Reverso watch celebrating its 80th year in existence has been especially engraved for the Global Champions Tour series.
The ranking scores are tight and the competition is hotting up in Estoril!
Global Champions Tour selected events are available via Live Streaming at www.globalchampionstour.com
Designated classes for live streaming can be viewed online and include:
Friday 1st July:
International 1.45mTable A against the clock at 11h00, (CET )
International 1.50m Table A with jump-off at 21h00 (CET)
Saturday 2nd July:
International 1.45m Two Phase at 1h00 (CET)
The Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Estoril – 1.60m -commences with the GCT Magazine at 19h30 followed by the first round of the Grand Prix at 20h00.
Eurosport will be airing the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Estoril LIVE to all countries (international, France and Germany) on Saturday 2nd July at 22h45 (CET) – 2nd round and jump-off.
GCT Gallery Clips: Take in all the action and behind the scenes of the Global Champions Tour via the video clips that are available in the Gallery section of the GCT website.
The latest news and information including start lists and results can also be obtained online. Join the Global Champions Tour on their designated Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.
Global Champions Tour Rankings – top 18 riders after 5th leg (Monaco)
1. Edwina Alexander (AUS), 155 2. Ludger Beerbaum (GER), 151.50 – 3. Alvaro De Miranda Neto (BRA), 123.00 – 4. Denis Lynch (IRE), 120 – = 5.Luciana Diniz (POR), 112 – =5 Rolf-Goran Bengtsson 112.00 – 7. Billy Twomey (IRE), 102.00 – 8. Kevin Staut (FRA), 95.00 - 9.Pius Schwizer (SUI), 92 – 10. Phillip Weishaupt (GER) 90.00 – 11. Marcus Ehning (GER) 12. Gerco Schroeder (NED)– 83 – 13. Judy Ann Melchior (BEL) 77.00 – 14. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) 73.00 15. Christian Ahlmann (GER) 72.00 16. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) 66.00 17. Sergio Alvarez Moya(ESP) ,63 – =18. Marco Kutscher (GER), 58 – =18. Lars Nieberg (GER) 58 -
The Global Champions Tour ranking is updated after each leg of the tour based on the scores derived from the rider’s performances in the Grand Prix.
Global Champions Tour 2011 Events
Doha, Qatar (March 17-19) Valencia, Spain (May 6-8) Hamburg, Germany (June 1-5) Cannes, France (June 9-11) Monte Carlo, Monaco (June 23-25) Estoril, Portugal (July 1-2) Chantilly, France (July 22-24) Valkenswaard, The Netherlands (August 12-14) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (September 2-4) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, (November 24-26)
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