The podium for the LGCT Grand Prix of Chantilly. Ph. Jessica Rodrigues
A heavy-weight line up, including seven out of the World’s Top Ten, will be heading to Chantilly, France this weekend for the 10th leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
Headed up by World Number 1 Kent Farrington of the USA, a cavalcade of stars will be out in force on the picture-perfect grass arena, set against the exquisite backdrop of the Château de Chantilly and the beautiful Grand Stables. Joining him from the Top Ten will be World Number 3 Lorenzo de Luca, World Number 4 Kevin Staut, World Number 6 Christian Ahlmann, World Number 8 Scott Brash, World Number 9 Maikel van der Vleuten and World Number 10 Simon Delestre.
The battle for the overall Championship could not be more fierce, with the leading riders in the race for the title all in action for round 10 of the season fight. Flying Dutchman Harrie Smolders is currently leading on 207 points overall, however with only the top 8 results counting, further strategy and tactics will come into play for the latter half of the season. Speaking in an interview last weekend, Smolders said: “It’s a big goal [to win the Championship]. It’s the best of the best, and every year you see that the winner of the Global Champions Tour is really exceptional – they are an exceptional rider and they have exceptional horses.”
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