espite putting no new points on the board during Saturday night’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix du Prince De Monaco, Germany’s Christian Ahlmann continues to lead the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour in overall series rankings.
Ahlmann’s win earlier in the day on Saturday at Monaco pointed to a strong performance, but a single rail with Colorit in Round 1 of the Grand Prix kept him from advancing in the class.
But with 209 ranking points after nine legs of the 2016 LGCT, Ahlmann still maintains a healthy lead over Edwina Tops-Alexander, who is 2nd in the rankings on 169 points.
Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson climbed up in the series rankings on the power of his 3rd place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix with Casall ASK; he now ranks 3rd in LGCT series rankings on 160 points. That’s a close margin between Bengtsson and Tops-Alexander and one that will weigh heavy on these two LGCT regulars as the Tour’s final five stages play out.
Bertram Allen of Ireland has made the LGCT a priority this season and it shows; he occupies the 4th position in overall rankings, with Great Britain’s John Whitaker in 5th. And with his Grand Prix du Prince De Monaco win, Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano vaults up to 6th position in overall rankings.
The 10th stage of the LGCT kicks off in four short days in Paris, France. Will Ahlmann be able to hold his sizable lead? All signs point to yes, but then again, this is show jumping, and anything can happen.
View current overall standings of the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour at this link.