Shane Sweetnam © Soraya Exquis

Credit Suisse Challenge

Henrik misses the double

The leading riders on the planet battled it out in the evening’s Credit Suisse Challenge, a world ranking event. At the end of a suspenseful and hard-fought competition it was the Irish Shane Sweetnam, riding Alejandro, who claimed victory. Completing the podium were Henrik von Eckermann (Glamour Girl) and Eduardo Pereira de Menezes (H5 Kastelle Memo).

World number one Henrik von Eckermann had the chance to win both the Top 10 Rolex IJRC Final on Friday and the CS Challenge the next day. The Swede could believe in this double for a long time. With Glamour Girl he put in a fast faultless round, which was beatable, but for that one had to take some risks. His co-competitors had a hard time with it. A mistake here, a few tenths of a second too much there, Henrik held the lead in the intermediate classification for a long time.

Until the Irishman Shane Sweetnam managed to outdo his Swedish rival by 18 hundredths of a second. Shane thus also somewhat rehabilitated his compatriot Conor Swail, who held on to Vital Chance de la Roque despite losing the reins, but miraculously did not crash and still finished fourth in the end.

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