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Global Champions League – Rome week I

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Publication date: 15th September

As the Global Champions Tour now moves into the home straight, the Vikings find themselves in Rome for a fortnight before moving on to Šamorín, the last event before the final showdown in Prague. In his home country, Italian course designer Uliano Vezzani constructed a tough track, showcasing Roman history with a Colosseum oxer that caused a number of faults for the riders.

During round one, Evelina Tovek and Winnetou de la Hamente Z had an excellent round finishing on just 4 faults. Geir Gulliksen and VDL Groep Quatro were next into the arena. The duo also produced an excellent round but when faced with a difficult plank they brought the team sheet up to 12 faults for the day.

In round two an all-important clear was delivered for the Vikings by Evelina Tovek and Winnetou de la Hamente Z. Teammate Henrik von Eckermann was next up with Glamour Girl. Unfortunately becoming another victim of the back rail on the oxer and difficult vertical when exiting the triple combination. This brought the Vikings up to 20 faults for week one in Rome but in a fast time of 142.23, which got them into 7th place.