Meraviglioso Luca María Moneta. The Italian rider has achieved an afternoon for the memory, winning the most important class of the day, the Longines Trophy, at the CSI4 * A Coruña.
With this victory, he got the two of two possible victories, both of the CSI4*, the maximum category of those disputed this summer in Casas Novas. His smile while Amethyste du Coty seemed to dance when the Italian anthem sounded, said it all: He has been favoloso, and he knows it.
Of the twelve pairs that qualified for the winning round, surely Moneta was one of those who would compete with the adrenaline to the top after winning the Marqués de Riscal Trophy. Of course, betting on a double victory might seem to be impossible After today, it is difficult to deny his condition as a clear candidate for the CaixaBank Grand Prix - Sensormatic Trophy on Sunday.
After the clear rounds of Pedro Junqueira and Celine Schoonbroodt-de Azevedo, it seemed that the winning time would be around 45 seconds. Those who dare the most in speed were making mistakes: like Kevin González de Zárate, one of the four Spaniards qualified for the winning round. He risked as usual and, in fact, clocked the best time so far (44.67 seconds), but he made four points. The Spaniard Sergio Álvarez Moya improved the time to 43.63 seconds, but at the cost of 8 points.
Only another Spanish achieved what seemed impossible, and it was Jesús Torres. The Sevillian squeezed Orphee du Breche to fly over the last obstacle and stop the clock in 44.9 seconds. All the pressure was now in the last four pairs. Trapote and Voorn failed, but Luca Maria Moneta that came out the second to last improved the time for more than a second.
Finally, and after the elimination of Jesús Torres by decision of the chief stewards, the winners were Moneta , following by the Belgian Celine Schoonbroodt-de Azevedo (45,48 seconds), with Chappetta, and the rider of the Netherlands Eric van der Vleuten (46 , 59 seconds), with Djoost Again. Celine can celebrate her sweet moment, after being second at the Longines Global Championstour GP in Paris two weeks ago.