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The Gucci Grand Prix in Paris : A win for Martin Fuchs

The Paris Gucci Masters took place on December 8 th at the Salon du Cheval in Paris-Villepinte, as part of the prestigious Masters Grand Slam Indoor circuit. The winner was 22 year-old Martin Fuchs jumping for Switzerland, who managed to beat Ludger Beerbaum. Belgium’s Constant van Paesschen, who’s only 20, and came in third…

With 350,000 euros to be divided up between the top places, the Gucci Grand Prix that took place on December 8 th 2014 class has one of the highest winnings on the circuit.
It also was, according to Ludger Beerbaum –and the highly experienced German rider knows what he's talking about – one of the hardest ones of the season.
The course, built by Luc Musette left no time for a breather, with seventeen jumps which included one triple combination and one double coming in quick succession.

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Skillful Martin Fuchs, who jumps for Switzreland, was the winner of the Gucci Grand Prix in Paris this year.
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There were 44 riders at the start, but there were only 12 left – the ideal number for a jump-off. Following the example of Jos Verlooy, the winner of the Longines Los Angeles Masters at the tender age of 18, came another skilful young man in Paris tonight: Martin Fuchs riding the aptly-named PSG Future. He beat the highly experienced Ludger Beerbaum, riding Zinefdine, who came in second. 20-year old Constant van Paesshen for Belgium, riding took the third place.

Six pairs had managed to go clear in the jump-off, and all six of them came back fr the lap of honour : Switzerland’s star Steve Guerdat was fourth, Edwina Tops-Alexander fithe, and highly cheered Frabchman philoppe Rozier was sixth.

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Martin Fuchs with Charlotte Casiragi and Jean-Luc Poulain, the President of the Salon du Cheval.
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Martin Fuchs warmly thanked the spectators who had supported him, but also Christophe Ameeuw, the founder and organiser of the Masters Grand Slam Indoor, as the circuit opens its doors to young riders, who are rarely invited to such prestigious competitions. Robert Triefus, International Marketing Director for Gucci, partner of the Gucci Paris Masters since its creation in 2009, congratulated Christophe Ameeuw for the quality of the event and very high standards in level of the sport, the execution and the incredible atmosphere…

The Masters Grand Slam Indoor now begins its journey across continents starting with Asia. The party is over, but not for long: from the 13th to the 15th February 2015, the best riders in the world will be meeting up on the other side of the globe, for the third edition of the Longines Hong Kong Masters.

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Published 12-12-2014

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