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Eight out of world’s top ten at power-packed LGCT Miami Beach

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
CSI5* LGCT Miami Beach 2017

Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT. McLain Ward with HH Azur. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.

A formidable eight out of the world’s top ten ranked riders, including all of the top five, will head to the breath-taking destination of Miami Beach for the second leg in the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour season. Home hero and world no. one McLain Ward (USA) will lead the star-studded field to the highly anticipated venue, alongside world no. two and fellow American Kent Farrington (USA) and world no. three Daniel Deusser (GER).

Speaking about the unique event at Miami Beach, Georgina Bloomberg (USA), who returns to the show after a stunning result in the 2016 Grand Prix and also competes for GCL team Miami Glory, said: “Miami is unique and special to American riders because it’s the only US Global Champions Tour stop. It’s a beautiful setting and it gives spectators who don’t usually get the chance to see our sport be exposed to it. It’s rare that we get to ride so close to the ocean and have people wandering by and maybe stopping to check it out. It’s a special place to ride and between the setting and the importance of the competition, it has established itself as one of the premier shows in the world.”

Current LGCT ranking leader Martin Fuchs (SUI) will be hoping to keep his lead, as he heads to Miami Beach fresh from his win in the LGCT Grand Prix of Mexico City. Olympic gold medallist Scott Brash (GBR) will return to the venue where he wowed the crowd in a Grand Prix win in 2015 with Hello Sanctos.The top British athlete will battle it out against the likes of Christian Ahlmann (GER), Eric Lamaze (CAN), Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), Simon Delestre (FRA) and Harrie Smolders (NED), all of whom proved they were in shape with strong results during the first leg of the season.

American fans will also have plenty of local talent to cheer for as Laura Kraut (USA), Lauren Hough(USA), Jessica Springsteen (USA), Jennifer Gates (USA), Jack Hardin Towell (USA), Audrey Coulter (USA), Kimberly Prince (USA), Lucy Davis (USA), Todd Minikus (USA) and Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA) all take to home turf hoping to impress in front of a home crowd.

Further key names such as Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), Darragh Kenny (IRL), Gregory Wathelet (BEL), Steve Guerdat (SUI), Kevin Staut (FRA), Nicola Philippaerts (BEL), Maikel van der Vleuten(NED), Jérôme Guery (BEL), Marco Kutscher (GER), Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (QAT) and Max Kühner (AUT) to name just a few. 

Source: Press release from LGCT // Picture © Stefano Grasso/LGCT

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