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Same, same but different in the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch

Monday, 24 March 2014

Here is how it looked as the riders in the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch approached one of the most difficult lines in the competition; the oxer at nine followed by the open wall at ten and then the oxer at eleven that came on a very forward distance. Jur Vrieling and Zirocco Blue VDL was clear until this line, and just a brick on the wall kept them away from the jump-off. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

 Albert Voorn put Tobalio in top gear after this line, turning inside to the vertical at fence twelve and secured the last spot withing the money despite of four faults. Cassio Rivetti and Chataga survived the line, but had three poles down before they got there. Christian Ahlmann was faultless on the fences on Aragon Z, but a dramatic stop by the in-gate ended up costing them five penalties and a place in the jump-off. Worst it was for Hamad Ali Mohamed A Al Attiyah - he fell off Bella Donna at the wall after coming far to big in on the oxer at fence nine. Jamie Kermond and Quite Cassini had quite a few poles down - including at the oxer number nine and then a stop at the wall, and the Australian rider retired.  Jos Lansink rode what he was good for on Ensor de Litran after having the b-element of the triple down, and cleared the two last lines quickly to end up in the ribbons. VDL Groep Zidane decided not to jump the wall, and Leopold van Asten was eliminated.  While Cornet's Cristallo showed his best side, and did a superb clear with Marco Kutscher whose riding is a joy to watch! They cleared this difficult line, but had the vertical at four and the front pole on the last oxer down - putting Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW on eight faults. Piet Raijmakers Jr. was another one that decided to retire - on Van Schijndel's Eclips.  No faults on this line for Simon Delestre and Qlassic Bois Margot - but the pair had two down earlier on in the course. Steve Guerdat and Concetto Son encountered a few problems, but not on this line though.

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