A Belgian victory in Chantilly is not rare. Nicola Philippaerts, Constant Van Paesschen, Gregory Wathelet and Jérôme Guery have all taken a turn atop the podium. Pieter Devos hadn’t yet, but he’s had no shortage of success in France, already winning twice in Bordeaux. Today, he got to add the Groupama Masters to the list.

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Belgian Gudrun Patteet became the third woman to win a Longines Grand Prix in the Longines Masters series following Pénélope Leprévost of France in 2011 and Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander in 2018. Leprévost and Tops-Alexander both took the title in Paris, but Patteet has now secured one for the women in Lausanne. Perhaps it was the brisk mountain air or the magnificent view of Lake Geneva that gave Patteet an extra boost of inspiration, for it was a ride as perfect as the setting. Second place went deservingly to Italian Giulia Martinengo Marquet.

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We’ve nearly lost count of the number of speed-class wins stolen by the black mare Carlotta and her Italian rider Emanuele Gaudiano. They have taken titles in every continent. It goes without saying that one day they would add the Longines Speed Challenge, the fastest class in the world, to their list of impressive accolades. After several attempts, it is Lausanne that gave them the honor.

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The challenging Masters One - Prix du Canton de Vaud has had only six clear rounds on its base course. Of these six, three are members of the Riders Lab. The Riders Lab offers the opportunity for the most promising young riders to compete in the Longines Masters international series. In the end, it was young Bryan Balsiger who won this round in the fashion of a master with Dubai du Bois Pinchet.

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There are only two British riders present at the first Longines Masters in Lausanne, but Great Britain is well represented in the results. In one of the most spectacular classes of the competition, the Masters Power, British rider Laura Renwick was the only one to clear 2.01m without penalty. While impressive it's not surprising, as 6-bar power events have historically been a British force.

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In 1976, in Bromont, Marcel Rozier won the gold medal of the Montreal Olympics. Forty years later, his son Philippe won a medal of the same laurel in Rio. Friday evening, at the Longines Masters in Lausanne, in front of the senior representatives of the sports institution and the city of Lausanne, including city Trustee Grégoire Junod, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Ingmar de Vos, President of the FEI, the two sons of Marcel, Philippe and Thierry, accomplished a rare double podium placing. The Roziers and Olympism: it’s a beautiful love story.

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Enchanting sights, spectacular setting, magical place…are just some of the praises the riders have used to describe the venue of the very first Longines Masters event in Lausanne. Said Caroline Ratignan, the American rider who captured the very first victory in Lausanne in the Masters Three - 1.15m, “The venue is amazing…to be right on the water with the mountains in the background is just surreal.” The very first event of the Masters One was seized by none other than the speedy Italian, Emanuele Gaudiano.

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Only eight pairs out of the forty five on the start list of the Grand Prix Longines of the City of La Baulemanaged to clear the course designed by Frédéric Cottier within the time allowed: Eduardo Menezes (BRA)/H5 Quintol, Olivier Robert (FRA)/Vangog du Mas Grenier, Doron Kuipers (NED)/Charley, Amy Inglis (GBR)/Wishes, Grégory Wathelet (BEL)/Iron Man Van de Padernborre, Steve Guerdat (SUI)/Albfuehren’s Bianca, Simone Blum (GER)/DSP Alice and Darragh Kenny (IRL)/Important de Muze.These eight riders confronted in the jump-off, this difficult exercise requiring speed and precision.

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Martin Fuchs thrust his hat into the air to acknowledge the capacity crowd’s standing ovation as he landed over the final fence to claim victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid, elation written across his face.

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Holds Swiss compatriot Fuchs back into second, Sweden’s Fredricson finishes third.

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