France, Ireland and Germany were leading after the first round, with the battle between France and Ireland more intense during the second round. The Irish team, pretty young at this level of competition, were surprisingly comfortable during the entire class.
Last to go with the excellent Topinambour, Penelope Leprevost, selected for the Olympics, had no choice but clear in order to allow France to face Ireland in the jump off. But a rail down, early in the course, gifted the victory to Robert Splaine’s team, with Shane Breen/Cos I Can, Richie Moloney/Ahorn Van De Zuuthoeve, Darragh Kerins/Lisona and Clem McMahon/Pacino.
It was a beautiful reward for the Greens, who had been quite unlucky since the beginning of the season, and whose team will not take part in the Olympics.
In great spirits, the Tri-colour climb on the 2nd step of the podium, notably thanks to the wonderful double clear signed by Eugenie Angot and Old Chap Tame, in front of the German team comprised of the champion Ludger Beerbaum/Chiara, his students Marco Kutscher/Cornet Obolensky, Philipp Weishaupt/Catoki, and Holger Wulschner/Cefalo, who are less experienced at this level of competition.
Germany still lead the circuit at the moment, while the French climb up to second place. Britain move from 6th to 3rd place.
Next up is the final leg of the League on August 17th in Dublin.