Season 2016

Valkenswaard

  • Valkenswaard
  • 4th-7th August 2016

Oh la la! Lauren Hough and Ohlala lead the way into Round Two

Release date: 06/08/2016

Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso

Uliano Vezzani’s first round course was a true test for the world’s best, with 49 athletes taking part in the 1.60m Grand Prix in front of a passionate local crowd. Faults came from all over the course, knocking out top riders such as Bertram Allen (IRL), Gregory Wathelet (BEL), Daniel Deusser (GER), McLain Ward (USA) and last year’s winner Marco Kutscher (GER). The brightly coloured Tulip-decorated double combination cased a few problems, however it was the final bicycle fence that caused the most issues, eliminating home hero Harrie Smolders (NED) plus Olympic hopefuls Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and Jerome Guery (BEL) from round two. The main upset came when World Number 1 and former long-term LGCT Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann (GER) retired Epleaser van't Heike after picking up an unusual 12 faults. 

Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the early pace setters; the first combination to jump clear and fastest initially in a time of 77.87s. She was joined by home hero Maikel van der Vleuten (NED), Leopold van Asten (NED). LGCT Ranking leader Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) also put in a strong performance with Caretina de Joter to keep her hopes of a third Champion of Champions alive. Laura Renwick (GBR) and Bintang II also looked to be on positive form with a careful clear, as did Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Cynar V. 

A total of 11 riders jumped clear, with 7 through on the quickest of the four faults. 

Round two will kick off at 18:30 local time, join us then to watch the action unfold