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Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam to Beezie Madden

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Beezie and Coral Reef Via Volo. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Click here for full results from the Grand Prix in Rotterdam.

Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo made the American weekend a little better in Rotterdam by winning the Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam. The rain that has been pouring down over the last days kept away during the entire class, and several riders actually got to see the sun. Ten out of 47 riders were clear and made it to the jump-off where the fastest one was the only female rider.

The Japanese rider Taizo Sugitani yet again showed some beautiful riding, and Ben Maher's Tripple X jumped amazing as he also did in the Nations Cup. Jeroen Dubbeldam and BMC van Grunsveen Simon seem to be in form, and so does Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Verdi. 

Shane Breen was first to go in the jump-off. He turned up the speed, but had one down in the combination. Then there was Carsten-Otto Nagel. He made some tight turns and didn't hold back on Corradina. The clock stopped at 40.33. Taizo Sugitani was next. The Japanese delivered a fast but controlled round, and was only 0.01 second behind Carsten-Otto on 40.34. Beezie was next and was the first one to turn inside the trees in the arena between fence two and three. As she crossed the finish-line she had beat Carsten-Otto by nearly two seconds at 38.31. Runner-up; Jeroen Dubbeldam is on form before the Europeans. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.

None of the other riders were able to beat that time. Billy Twomey didn't take the tightest turns and also had one down in the combination. Ben Maher also turned inside the trees as Beezie did, but had both fences down in the combination. Jeroen tried his best and made the home crowd go crazy with a fast and clear round, but the clock stopped at 39.11. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson had the last fence down, and both Maikel van der Vleuten and Ludger Beerbaum got four faults which ment that the American crowd finally got something to be happy about after their miserable exit from the Top League Friday.

Top five;

1. Bezzie Madden/Coral Reef Via Volo

2. Jeroen Dubbeldam/BMC van Grunsveen Simon

3. Carsten-Otto Nagel/Corradina

4. Taizo Sugitani/Avenzio 3

5. Shane Breen/Carmena Z

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