Over two thirds of the Top 30 riders in the world will come out with all guns blazing on the French Riviera for next week’s 10th edition of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Cannes.
The Top 2 ranked riders, Scott Brash (GBR) and Daniel Deusser (GER), will be among those in hot competition in the glamorous Cote d’Azur where Hollywood stars recently paraded on the infamous red carpet on La Croisette.
Current Longines Global Champions Tour overall ranking leader Luciana Diniz (POR) will be determined to hold on to her lead in the thrilling, unfolding championship race. Luciana is in pole position on 125 points, but is only 15 points ahead of Swiss ace Pius Schwizer on 110 points and hot on his heels is the formidable Scott Brash on 105 points.
Pius will want to repeat the success of his victory in Cannes in 2014 and there will be all to play for at the big showdown on Grand Prix night on Saturday. With €300,000 prize money up for grabs and 40 precious ranking points to the winner, the Grand Prix competition will be intense.
The atmosphere in the 75m x 55m sand arena, close to the beautiful bay of Cannes and the famous Croisette, will be electric with thousands of spectators and hundreds of VIP and corporate guests expected. Henrik Von Eckermann (SWE), Bertram Allen (IRE), Christian Ahlmann (GER), Constant van Paesschen (BEL), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT), Jane Richard Philips (SUI), Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) will all be in action. There will be a strong turn out of champion riders including Simon Delestre, Roger-Yves Bost, Penelope Leprevost and Kevin Staut, all representing their country at the first Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of the season on French soil.
The 2015 series kicked off in spectacular fashion in Miami Beach in April and the championship race is already captivating equestrian fans worldwide. As the Tour celebrates its 10th anniversary year, it is also the 10th edition of the event in Cannes at the Stade des Hesperides show ground. Back in 2006, the first year of Global Champions Tour, the Cannes event was the second leg of the series. The Grand Prix was won by Thomas Fruhmann on The Sixth Sense with Nick Skelton in second place on Arko.
The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes will be broadcast on Eurosport, BeIN Sports and live via GCT TV on www.globalchampionstour.com and also on Equidia, Class Horse TV and Horse and Country TV.
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