New York - The stage is set for an epic duel between Riders USA and Riders Europe as top-tier long lists for both teams have now been revealed. Riders Europe Chef d’Equipe Philippe Guerdat, who coached the French to a team gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, has named three of the current top five world-ranked riders to lead his team in hopes of defending the first leg victory in December at the Longines Masters of Paris.
They’ll go up against a Riders USA group stocked with Olympic team gold medalists on the long list like McLain Ward, Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut. It’ll be a battle for the ages when the Riders Master Cup, created by EEM and presented by EEF and Founding Partner Longines, comes to New York on April 28, 2018, at NYCB LIVE, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
A Strong Riders Europe Long List
Riders Europe logged a thrilling win in the first Riders Masters Cup leg in Paris and in order to defend that title, Guerdat can choose from a squad that includes World No. 2 Harrie Smolders (NED), World No. 4 Kevin Staut (FRA) and World No. 5 Peder Fredricson (SWE).
Also, on the long list are an on-form Patrice Delaveau (FRA), who topped the Longines Grand Prix in Hong Kong in February, top Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet (currently ranked #17), Philippe Rozier (FRA), and Jérôme Guery (BEL). Guerdat will have to choose from those veterans for four of his five team spots, but he’ll also have to include one under-25 rider. For Riders Europe, Guerdat can pick either Edward Levy (FRA) or Olivier Philippaerts (BEL), both impressive winners despite their young age.
Guerdat will call on all the formidable talent of these riders to help Riders Europe defend the win they earned in Paris during the first edition of the Riders Masters Cup and the action is sure to keep the crowd keen to see what happens next. Speed is key in both rounds of the Riders Masters Cup, so you won’t want to miss the world’s best going head to head in an exhilarating transatlantic race to glory.
The final teams and the official draw for the order-of-go will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, during the press preview on opening day of the Longines Masters of New York!
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