18-21 September 2014
- 18-21 September 2014
Star riders snap up the chance to grab Championship points in Vienna
Release date: 06/09/2014
(Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT)
As the penultimate round of the Longines Global Champions Tour 2014 season, Vienna offers the last chance for the world's greatest riders to grab crucial Championship points ahead of the final in Doha in November. From the 18-21 September, eight of the Top Ten riders in the world will be fighting for supremacy at this year's venue Magna Racino, including Marcus Ehning (GER), Gregory Wathelet (BEL), Kevin Staut (FRA), Pénélope Leprevost (FRA) and Ben Maher (GBR).
Top Championship contenders Scott Brash (GBR), Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), Henrik von Eckermann (SWE), Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) and Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) will all be out in force hunting the lion's share of the €1million bonus prize fund awarded to this year's overall winner. They will face hot competition from recent Dutch World Championship Gold medal winners Maikel van der Vleuten, Jur Vrieling and last year's Vienna Grand Prix winners Gerco Schröder with Glock's London.
This season has seen an incredible rise of young stars at the very highest level of the sport. Vienna will welcome Irish sensation Bertram Allen, who at just 19 led the first round of the World Championship in Normandy last week and rode a vital round for his team and country. Similarly, Belgium's 20 year-old Constant van Paesschen exploded onto the scene last year in Doha with a 5th place in his first ever LGCT Grand Prix, and following a Bronze medal in Antwerp at the beginning of the season he has been knocking on the door of another great performance since. Could Vienna be his show?
2012 Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat will also be competing in Vienna, along with 2014 FEI World Cup Final winner and German Champion Daniel Deusser. They will be joined by 2013 European Champion Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), in form Athina Onassis de Miranda (GRE) and Canada's leading lady rider Tiffany Foster. To see the full rider listing click here. For a broadcast schedule click here. The Longines Global Champions Tour of Vienna Grand Prix will be live on GCT TV, ClassHorseTV and Equidia Life from 6.30pm local time on Saturday 20th September and on Eurosport from 9pm CEST.