Season 2016


  • Rome
  • 8-11 September 2016

Blistering Early Win for Maikel van der Vleuten in Rome

Release date: 09/09/2016

Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso

Fresh from the Rio Olympic Games, Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) delivered a perfect round in the CSI5* opening class in Rome. As the 13th leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour kicks off, the top Dutch rider artfully managed the scopey VDL Groep Quatro, to take the win in the 1.45m two phase competition which saw many of the world’s best flex their muscles for the first time this weekend in the heart of Italy. 

As the sun beat down, temperatures rose as the horses and riders took to the arena, watched on be fans and the 59 marble statues depicting various Olympic sports. First to set the pace early on was young Dutch talent Kevin Jochems (NED), who stormed to the lead with a blistering second phase against the clock, crossing the line in 27.43s. Soon to pip his time was the ever-speedy David Will with his fiery chestnut horse Mic Mac du Tillard; the pair galloped round, stopping the clock almost a full second quicker than Kevin’s time in 26.42s. 

New Zealand’s Samantha McIntosh (NZL) Lady Gaga 18 put in a strong performance, but were unable to better David’s time, taking third place overall, but it was Maikel and Quatro who stole the opening show, clocking an impressive 26.36s, just tenths of a second faster than David’s time. 

The next event kicks off at 15:45 local time, with the world’s top riders returning to the natural amphitheatre for the CSI5* 1.50/1.55m class. Tune in now via GCT TV to watch all the action as it unfolds.