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Teams for 2018 Global Champions League announced

Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Global Champions League 2018

The 19 teams for the 2018 Global Champions League season have been revealed. 

Star names this season include Kent Farrington, Harrie Smolders, Scott Brash, Ludger Beerbaum, John Whitaker, Eric Lamaze, Simon Delestre, Marcus Ehning, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Lorenzo De Luca, Daniel Deusser, Laura Kraut, Christian Ahlmann, Gregory Wathelet, Maikel van der Vleuten, Ben Maher, Bertram Allen, Michael Whitaker, Philipp Weishaupt and Pius Schwizer.

For the full team list, please click here.

This year a guaranteed overall season prize purse of €35 million will be paid out to the individual and team riders. This includes €12 million to be shared at the spectacular new GC Prague Play Offs in December.

Sixteen events in the regular season will culminate in the team and individual finals at Doha, Qatar, this November. And this year, the pressure will be more intense than ever in the battle to earn a golden ticket to the GC Prague Play Offs.

With 19 teams competing throughout the 2018 season, only 16 will qualify for the GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Play Offs. And the Czech capital will also see every individual LGCT Grand Prix winner invited to the prestigious Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix - starring the season’s top performers.

Talking about the introduction of the Playoffs this season, reigning LGCT Champion and riding for the Montreal Diamonds this year Harrie Smolders said: “It's something totally new, but I think it's going to be really exciting. And it's something that I must say, the Global is renewing our sport while also respecting the heritage. They keep the same values.”

Nicola Philippaerts spoke about why he’s confident the London Knights will be ones to watch this season: “I'm really excited about our team this year; we have an incredibly strong squad and a wide range of top horses who we can compete strategically at all the different destinations in the Championship. The level of sport in the GCL is the very top, and for sure it will be tough as there are so many good riders in different teams this year.”​

German maestro Marcus Ehning of Valkenswaard United said: "GCL is very competitive sport, with some of the best riders in the world competing in wonderful and very different locations throughout the world for the prestigious title at the end of the season."

The 2018 season will kick off in Mexico City from 22nd - 25th March, where teams will reveal who they’ll select to play up front in the crucial first round of the circuit. 


Source: Press release from the Global Champions League

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