31/07/2016 - 21:09

An incredible Delaveau wins the CaixaBank Grand Prix

With the CaixaBank Grand Prix, Patrice Delaveau putting the finishing touch to a fantastic participation in the CSI4* A Coruña. The Frenchman completed in 34.71 seconds an incredible course with Orient Express, after also setting the fastest time in the first round. The audience enjoyed in Casas Novas a  thrilling second round, as the winning pair came into the arena in the last place to snatch the top spot from Abdel Saïd and California, for only 62 cents.
Delaveau, which was the big favorite because of his great results during the whole weekend, just made one fault in 7 courses. About the shape of form of Orient Express he said that he is fully recovered: "In this class I felt that he is again fit and he is as good as he used to be in a competition of this level. Unfortunately he has not had time to get in shape for the Olympics and we are now participating in CSI4*". As the French team is in Rio he will continue participating in other competitions with Orient. He will do it in different 4* and 5* and finally going to Lausanne and the Longines Masters in Los Angeles.
About the show, Delaveau said: "It is always a pleasure to come, it's an extraordinary show, not only for the top level of the competition but also for the organization . The design of all the courses has been fantastic, there were good riders and the level was shown with only seven clear rounds in the first round. "

So spectacular was the performance of the Egyptian Abdel Saïd, winner of the NH Collection Trophy on Friday and winner two weeks ago of the Knokke Grand Prix. And one of the best news of the day was the third place of the Spanish Sergio Alvarez Moya with Arrayan (36.42), winner of the Grand Prix in 2012 and who will compete in two weeks in Rio.
Fourth were a Gudrun Patteet very combative, which marked the first big time without fail  (36.62) with Sea Atlantic Coast, and fifth Samantha McIntosh with Check in 2 (42.27). Really good performance of the Belgian, who already won the Longines Trophy yesterday.

Clear rounds resisted in the first round. The first one came soon with the British Samuel Hutton, sixth out on the arena. It took over an hour until Mcintosh was clear round with Check in 2.  The audience was so excited when the Spanish Alvarez Moya was clear, being the only Spanish in the second round.  Maikel van der Vleuten, Eric Lamaze and Tobias Meyer were clear but with 1 point for exceeding the time allowed. And two riders completed the list of the second wound but with 4 points: Mathieu Billot and Leopold van Asten