A total of five spots on the Western European League have opened up for qualification to the World cup Finals in Las Vegas. A total of 18 riders qualify for the final from the Western European League, but the one to lose out today was The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders who collected 56 points on the American circuit but needed to add some Western European League points today if he was to make the cut. Smolders failed to do so, today in Gothenburg, so it looks as though Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya, sitting in 19th position, will be able to attend the 2014/15 Longines FEI World Cup Finals as well as Italy’s Luca Maria Moneta, Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer, the Netherland’s Gerco Schroder and Belgium’s Jos Verlooy.
As defending champion, Germany’s Daniel Deusser is automatically qualified even though he has finished in tenth place, while the results for America’s Lucy Davis and Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, who finished fourth and sixth respectively in the Western European League series, are transferred to their own regional leagues. Bengtsson today confirmed that he will not travel, so that opens the door of opportunity for Belgium’s Jos Verlooy who currently lies in 24th position.