US rider Coco Fath wins the first U25 Grand Prix in Geneva

Riding Exotik Sitte, young US rider Coco Fath, 19, wins the Grand Prix des Espoirs.

9 riders in the jump-off : an ideal scenario for the decisive round of the Grand Prix des Espoirs, main class of the U25, after a tricky initial round. First to go in the jump-off, Coco Fath delivered a beautiful clear round in 34.89s. Though the amercian didn't seem to be unbeatable, she stayed in the lead for the rest of the class. Belgian rider Thibeau Spits and German rider Sophie Hinners were quicker but both had a rail down. 

In the end, Irish rider Kate Derwin finished 2nd in 35.05s riding Deep Pockets whereas Ken Balsiger settled for 3rd place with his Swiss stallion Heros du Roumaillard. Born in Conecticut and student of olympic champion Rodrigo Pesso, Coco Fath claims victory in the first ever Grand Prix des Espoirs for riders under 25 years old. A tough class showing the fervent will of the organisers to promote youth.

Coco Fath & Exotik Sitte Coco Fath & Exotik Sitte

Double Swiss take in the Coupe de Genève

Earlier in the afternoon, World n°1 and 2 put up a figth to finish first and second in the Combination Class, last qualifier for tomorrow's Rolex Grand Prix. Steve Guerdat (Venard de Cerisy) was the best, beating his teammate Martin Fuchs (Silver Shine). German rider Marcus Ehning is third with A La Carte NRW. Eric Lamaze ends up 4th with Idalville d'Esprit and Pénélope Leprévost 5th with GFE Excalibur de la Tour Vidal.


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