LGCT 2015: Bengtsson conquers the Italian capital.
Rolf-Goran Bengtsson has ridden to victory at the Rome leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
The majestic setting of the Italian capital was the scene for the prestigious event with riders and fans brought together in an arena which will be very hard to beat surrounded by magnificent marble statues.
Commenting afterwards, the Swedish rider also had plenty of positive comments for what was the first ever edition of the tour in Rome and a GP that was worth 300.000 euros.
Bengtsson, competing with his Holsteiner stallion Casall Ask, was followed by Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz with Fit For Fun 13 in second and Germany’s Marcus Ehning with Comme il Faut in third.
By winning in Italy, Bengtsson took his second win of this season’s tour after also triumphing in London. As for Diniz, her second place finish meant she cut the gap to the tour leader Scott Brash who wasn’t competing at the equestrian event in Rome. The rest of the top-ten was as follows:
4th Penelope Lèprevost FRA Vagabond de la Pomme
5th Denis Lynch IRL All Star 5
6th Alberto Michan Halbinger MEX Camilo LS La Silla
7th Christian Ahlmann GER Epleaser van’t Heike
8th Marco Kutscher GER Van Gogh
8th Simon Delestre FRa Qlassic Bois Margot
10th Ludger Beerbaum GER Chiara 222
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As for the overall standings, Diniz is now hot on the heels of Brash with the Portuguese rider on 265 points and the Scotsman on 276. Swedish rider Bengtsson has also reduced the gap after winning in Rome and is on 262 points. The rest of the top-ten continues as follows:
4th Christian Ahlmann GER 234
5th Simon Delestre FRA 229
6th Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani QAT 195
7th Penelope Leprevost FRA 169
8th John Whitaker GBR 155
9th Lauren Hough USA 149
10th Constant van Paesschen BEL 135
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photo credits: Stefano Grasso / LGCT