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Global Champions Tour: Stars align under Eiffel Tower for Paris spectacle

Posted at 7:17 AM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 09:17:03-04

Nine out of the top 10 in this year’s Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) rankings will be in action this weekend as the circuit travels to Paris, France.

The world’s elite show jumpers will compete in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower for the 11th stop as the lucrative tour enters the second half of the season.

Belgian Pieter Devos tops the overall rankings but will hope to extend his seven-point lead over nearest rival Ben Maher in the French capital, dubbed the “City of Light.”

Devos also faces tough competition from the in-form German rider Daniel Deusser and Maikel van der Vleuten, who is up to fourth after his spectacular win in Monaco last weekend.

Hot on their heels are the likes of Niels Bruynseels, Peder Fredricson, Martin Fuchs and Julien Epaillard, who are keen to add more LGCT titles to their belts this season.

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The spectacular venue sits on the Champs de Mars, the gardens in the grounds of the Eiffel Tower, with the Ecole Militaire as an imposing backdrop.

As well as top-class show jumping action, the event is a celebration of culture and society in the heart of the “International City of Style.”

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In the incredibly tight Global Champions League team event, Shanghai Swans head the standings by just three points from Madrid in Motion with London Knights in third, one point further adrift.

The Global Champions Tour features 20 worldwide stops and culminates in the Prague Playoffs from November 21-24.