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Beerbaum takes over the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour

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LudgerLausanne Longines Global Champions Tour leader Ludger Beerbaum. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Germany's Ludger Beerbaum has taken over the overall lead in the Longines Global Champions Tour following his win in Lausanne last night. Beerbaum leads the tour with 236 points. Then follows Sweden's Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with 221 points. Rank three is another Swede; Henrik von Eckermann with 201 points. Rank four is Edwina Tops-Alexander, also with 201 points. Fifth at this stage of the tour is Bassem Hassan Mohammed on 200 points.

 

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Beerbaum wins a battle between legends in Lausanne

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LudgerThe winners in Lausanne: Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman. Photos by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.It was a battle of the Legends with a capital 'L' in Lausanne on Saturday evening when Germany's Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) took on Britain's John Whitaker and Argento (Arko III x Gasper) in front of a hugely excited and supportive Suisse crowd, with the four-time Olympic Gold medallist Beerbaum coming out on top by just 0.81s. Third place went to the relative newcommer in the Longines GCT Argentina's José Maria Larocca with GDE Matrix (Cardento 933 x Maximus 620), who finished one of just two other treble clears 0.84s ahead of 4th placed Gerco Schröder and Cognac Champblanc (Clearway) who jumped his socks off. With his win, Beerbaum has stormed up the tour ranking from 4th to 1st taking a narrow lead of 15 points.

Maikel van der Vleuten wins the Prix de Canton de Vaud in Lausanne

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MaikelMaikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Eureka won the Prix de Canton de Vaud in Lausanne. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Friday's feature class at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Lausanne, the CSI5* Prix de Canton de Vaud was won by 2014 World Championship Team Gold medallist and Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid Grand Prix winner Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Eureka (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) who took the victory by over a second from 2nd placed Doda de Miranda on AD Nouvelle Europe Z (Nelson Z x Jimtown). Third went to home rider Jane Richard Philips with Upanisad di San Patrignano (Mr. Blue), who finished less than 0.5s behind Miranda.

Images from the Longines Global Champions Tour in London - part two

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NickSkeltonNick Skelton was busy despite not riding at the Longines Global Champions Tour in London. Here are some more of the faces seen at the Horse Guards Parade. Photos by Lulu Kyriacou.

Images from Longines Global Champions Tour in London - part three

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BackdropIn the heart of London - at the Horse Guards Parade - horses and riders were present for the Longines Global Champions Tour. Photos by Lulu Kyriacou.

Images from the Longines Global Champions Tour in London - part one

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 IMG_4843The riders all lined up for course walk at the Longines Global Champions Tour in London. Here are some of the faces at the British event that what staged at the Horse Guards Parade. All photos by Lulu Kyriacou.

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson still in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour

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Rolf-Gran-Bengtsson-CasallThe man in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour: Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Two Swedes top the Longines Global Champions Tour standings. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is in the lead, and Henrik von Eckermann is rank two with Edwina Tops-Alexander as rank three on the same points as Eckermann, but with less podium finishes. Twenty points separate Bengtsson and Eckermann / Tops-Alexander. Ludger Beerbaum is rank four, and Bassem Hassan Mohammed rank five. Three legs remain of the tours.

World's number one pair Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos are invincible in the London Grand Prix

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ScottSanctosLondonNobody could beat Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos in London. Photos by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.World no. one and 2013 LGCT champion Scott Brash won the Longines Global Champions Tour of London Grand Prix presented by Qatar in spectacular fashion in front of a rapturous home crowd who would have raised the roof of Horse Guards Parade Ground if there had been one. From the very beginning, Brash was hailed as the one to beat and he never faltered aboard Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo v. Molendreef x Nabab de Reve) – that currently is ranked as the best horse in the world.

Home win for Michael Whitaker in the Massimo Dutti Prix in London

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MichaelElieThumbs up from Michael Whitaker. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.It was home rider Michael Whitaker and Elie van de Kolmen (President x Darco) that flew to victory in the Massimo Dutti Prix in London on Saturday. The CSI5* 1.45/1.50 speed class took place in front of a very supportive British crowd who gasped and cheered as Michael dared his mare to turn tighter and faster. Second place went to world no1 Scott Brash and Hello Annie (Contendro I x For Pleasure), who led the competition from mid-way through the draw with an impressive round which looked like it would't be beaten. Third went to Tiffany Foster and Victor (Elmshorn x Grandeu) who had led the way from early on only to be pipped at the post by the two home stars.

Harrie Smolders and Regina Z are unbeatable in the Sapinda Prix in London

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HarrieLondonHarrie Smolders and Regina Z won Friday's biggest class in London. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.The feature class of Friday's Longines Global Champions Tour of London, the Sapinda Prix, was won by Harrie Smolders and Regina Z (Rex Z x Savoy Hanover) who put in their usual unbeatably speedy performance to take the honours in this €90,500 class. Second went to McLain Ward with Rothchild (Artos x Elegant de l'Ile), winners of the Longines GCT Antwerp Grand Prix at the start of the season, and 3rd to leading lady rider Pénélope Leprevost and Vagabond de la Pomme (Vigo d'Arsouilles).

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