At breakneck speed, Julien Epaillard raced around the entire track with Donatello d’Auge, looking for the first obstacle of the jump-off for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ presented byEuroParcs. The intentions the always lightning-fast Frenchman were clear. “Edouard was still coming after me,” Julien Epaillard said at the press conference, referring to young Swiss Edouard Schmitz. “He had beaten me in Basel and I didn’t want to let that happen to me again.”
The result of Epaillard’s jump-off was an incredible 0 in 42.04 seconds, 2.5 seconds faster than Schmitz with the powerful Holstein Quno. The 23-year-old Swiss was deeply impressed by the masterful race that earned Epaillard his third World Cup qualification of this season (and the lead in the standings heading into the final in Omaha). “I had given my life in my jump-off, gallop through the finish line, look at the scoreboard and see that I was 2.5 seconds too slow….”
Rare high level
In short, the sport was of a rare high level, with a stunning winner for whom his fellow top riders could only take their hats off.
Yuri Mansur took third place with Vitiki; with a fault in the jump-off, Jur Vrieling was the best Dutchman in sixth place.