Thursday 15 March - 14h06 | Edited Press Release

Global Champions League Announces 2018 Teams

The Global Champions League have announced their teams for the 2018 season which starts  in Mexico next week. This year a guaranteed overall season prize purse of €35 million will be paid out to the world's best individual and team riders. This includes €12 million to be shared at the new GC Prague Play Offs in Prague in from December 13-16. 

There will now be 19 teams competing with the addition of the Scandinavian Vikings but only only 16 will qualify for the GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Play Offs. And the Czech capital will also see every individual LGCT Grand Prix winner invited to the prestigious Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix - the ultimate showdown starring the season’s top performers.

However this year, to fill the spaces the GCL had  to go considerably far down the Longines rankings. 90% of athletes (excluding the U25 competitors) are now ranked in the top 250* in the world, including 25 out of the top 30 riders. And 25% of the total athletes taking part in the GCL this season are aged U25.​

This year team riders will start consecutively, one after the other, quickly showing fans the total team result - adding to the tension and excitement as the following teams set their sights on the target to beat in the 1.55m / 1.60m GCL competitions.
 
Talking about the introduction of the GC Prague Playoffs this season, reigning LGCT Champion and riding for the Montreal Diamonds this year Harrie Smolders said: “It's something totally new, but I think it's going to be really exciting. And it's something that I must say, the Global is renewing our sport while also respecting the heritage. They keep the same values.”
 
Star names this season include Kent Farrington, Harrie Smolders, Scott Brash, Ludger Beerbaum, John Whitaker, Eric Lamaze, Simon Delestre, Marcus Ehning, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, Lorenzo de Luca, Daniel Deusser, Laura Kraut, Christian Ahlmann, Gregory Wathelet, Maikel van der Vlueten, Ben Maher, Bertram Allen, Michael Whitaker, Philipp Weishaupt and Pius Schwizer.

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