The France team lived, Saturday in Pratoni del Vivaro, a nightmarish day. Eliminated from the world team championships, the Blues were very shaken during the cross with the falls of Thomas Carlile and Nicolas Touzaint. The horses and riders are fine but Nicolas Touzaint, the last Frenchman on the track, had a big scare. The Olympic team champion of the Athens Games fell on the exit of the combination n°16 and the test was interrupted for long minutes.
The Angevin, conscious, was taken care of by the medical staff who put a neck brace on him, he went to take additional examinations at the hospital but his condition is not worrying according to those around the Blues.
Sixth after the dressage, the French team hoped to catch up during this cross but, from the start, the day started badly with Astier Nicolas and Alertamalb'Or. The Olympic team champion from Rio was a bit “ outmoded » in the very steep descent of the formidable combination n ° 7 and he finished his course with 39.4 points on the cross (70.1 in total).
Thomas Certile: “I am unbalanced by believing in it until the end”
For Thomas Carlile, everything seemed to be going well until n°19 when Darmagnac de Béliard slipped away at the last moment and caused him to fall. " In the action, he hooked the obstacle with his shoulder, he has a superficial wound on the shoulder but the horse is fine, he is in great shapeexplained the Toulousain. I'm sorry for everyone because so far it's been going pretty well, he was very easy in the gallop, he climbed his odds well, he was at my command. He's a nice and honest horse, he's not a horse that tries to pass by, he hasn't gotten us used to that. I am a bit of a diehard in my action and I am unbalanced by believing in it until the end. »
The only bright spot for this France team came from the rookie. Gaspard Maksud (Zaragoza) signed a faultless time. " The mare was fantastic. There are maybe one or two combinations where it was a bit borderline. I had to trust him. I am very, very happyhe rejoiced. A mare who does that at nine years old on hilly ground, we are not going to complain. »
Ranked 9th provisionally (27.1 points) in the ranking dominated by the impressive Michael Jung (18.8 points) before the last show jumping event, the French expatriate in England can still hope to win a good place for his first world championships . Individually, Cyrielle Lefèvre also achieved a very good cross with a clear round and only four seconds overtime. But sadness prevailed in the tricolor ranks after this dark day.
Team classification after two events:
1. Germany: 76.1 points
3. Great Britain: 80.9 points
Individual ranking after two events:
1. Michael Jung (GER/fischerChipmunk FRH): 18.8 points
2. Yasmin Ingham (GBR / Banzai du Loir): 23.2 points
3. Tamra Smith (USA/Mai Baum): 24 points
4. Oliver Townend (GBR/Ballaghmor Class): 24.3 points
5. Julia Krajewski (B'Neville Almond): 26 points
9. Gaspard Maksud (FRA / Zaragoza): 27.1 points
28. Cyrille Lefèvre (FRA / Armonjo Serosah): 37.2 points
54. Astier Nicolas (FRA / Alertamalib'Or): 70.1 points