Edwina Tops-Alexander leads the Global Champions Tour individual standings heading into the second round of action in Rome ©Getty Images

The Global Champions Tour (GCT) is fascinatingly poised heading into the Grand Prix section of the 13th leg of the season at the Circus Maximus in Rome.

Only seven points separate the top three teams in the standings in Valkenswaard United, Shanghai Swans and Paris Panthers.

Heading into the first round of the second week of action, all three of the leading teams in the championship have won three stages and placed on the podium six times.

The Prague Lions pairing of Sergio Alvarez Moya of Spain and Jur Vrieling of The Netherlands took the lead after the opening round, with clear rounds on Alamo and Flumicino van de Kalevallei respectively.

The only other team to record two clear rounds in the opening round was Cascais Charms, after Jodie Hall McAteer of Britain and Roger-Yves Bost of France achieved the feat on Salt’n Peppa and Bluemuch des Baleines.

Despite a poor performance at last week’s GCT round in Italy, Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander leads the overall standings on 214 points.

Olivier Robert of France sits in second place with 208 points,while Britain’s Ben Maher is in third on 201 points.

Malin Baryard-Johnsson of Sweden triumphed in Rome last week onboard H&M Indiana.