Photo: GCL / Stefano Grasso
An incredible line up of team riders will be pulling out all the stops for the highly anticipated Global Champions League of Madrid, raising the curtain on the European segment of the 15-event Championship.
From 19th - 21st May, the very best teams in the world will continue their campaign in electric Championship, heading to the beautiful destination of Club de Campo Villa de Madrid where thousands of spectators will be treated to a dazzling display of top class sport and entertainment.
Current leaders Valkenswaard United bring the formidable duo of Bertram Allen and Alberto Zorzi to compete alongside teammate Marcus Ehning, and last year’s winners, the Rome Gladiators, will field Laura Kraut and Abdel Saïd alongside Italian Lorenzo de Luca.
The battle for the overall GCL Ranking lead will rocket up a gear, with the London Knights just 6 points away from the lead in 68 points. St Tropez Pirates sit a further 8 points away, with Jerome Guery and Julien Epaillard also confirmed for the team alongside top French rider Simon Delestre. Further details on the team rider combinations for round one of the GCL Madrid will be released next week.
Other big names heading to Madrid will be newly crowned World Number 1, Kent Farrington (London Knights), who will compete on his third consecutive leg of the Tour and League Championships. With the high calibre competition testing the top athletes in the sport across the length of the season, World Number 3 Daniel Deusser (Shanghai Swans), World Number 4 Eric Lamaze (Hamburg Diamonds) and World Number 5 Christian Ahlmann (Mexico Amigos) have all added their names to the roll-call of contenders taking part in the first European leg of the Championship.
The stunning setting of Club de Campo Villa de Madrid provides another eclectic atmosphere on the 2017 LGCT and GCL calendar. With a galloping grass arena, luxurious facilities including local delicacies and entertainment, and typically perfect temperatures, the Madrid leg of the Championship is a hugely popular event drawing thousands of passionate fans. Available to watch via GCT and GCL TV and on Eurosport, as well as special programming on CNN, the fourth leg of the series will see temperatures rise as the world’s best battle it out for valuable ranking points.
To see the full rider list for the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid, please click here. Further details on team riders for Round 1 of the GCL Madrid will be released next week.