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The DKB-Riders Tour Grand Prix at the German Classics to Gert-Jan Bruggink

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Gert-Jan Bruggink won the Grand Prix in Hannover on Primeval Dejavu- Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The DKB-Riders Tour Grand Prix at the German Classics went to Gert-Jan Bruggink and Primeval Dejavu. The Dutch rider produced two fantastic clear rounds, and was one of thirteen riders to clear Frank Rothenberger's first thirteeen fence track - where the fences came fast out of the corners and was build according to the strong field of riders in Hannover. There was a lot of faults in the triple combination on 5abc - an oxer-vertical-oxer followed by three strides to a vertical, but together with twelve other riders Gert-Jan went on to the second round against the clock.

The second track was reduced to seven fences and eight jumps, with stretches to canter on the two first lines and then the possibility to make a short turn from the penultimate vertical to the final oxer. Mario Stevens set the first clear in the second round, and went inside to the last oxer – stopping the clock on 33.85 seconds on Little Pezi taking the lead. Alexandra Fricker posted the next clear and was slightly quicker on 33.74 second on Albfuehren´s Paille. Eiken Sato and Espyrante looked set to get a good time but a misunderstanding as Sato tried to turn inside fence two when landing after the penultimate vertical made him loose time and he could not catch up with Fricker or Stevens.

Then it was time for Gert-Jan Bruggink, who did the same turn perfect and used Primeval Dejavu's ground covering gallop to take the lead at 32.44 - it looked hard to beat. The super fast combination of Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman were next in, but not even they could do anything about Gert-Jan´s time and went into second on 33.32 seconds. None of the remaining riders could catch the top two, who were followed by Fricker in third and Stevens in fourth.

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