Oui, France again offered a lackluster performance by struggling to hang a draw (1-1) in Ukraine, Saturday, September 4, on behalf of the fifth day of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Yes, Primoz Roglic was crowned Sunday by dominating the Vuelta.
Yes, the French delegation concluded its Paralympic Games with a total of 54 medals including 11 titles, which bodes very well before Paris 2024.
But something else happened this weekend that you might have missed.
The three weekend lessons
- Your return home, you will miss
A hard-pressed defense against a well-established team. For this inaugural Ile-de-France derby in the Top 14, the French Stadium showed a very sad face against a very offensive Racing (3 tries). Laurent Travers’ men dominated the match and mastered their subject with at the end a 36-21 victory. At home, the Stadium only gave a glimpse of a few inspirations, in particular thanks to rookie star, Ngani Laumape.
In the top match between Stade Rochelais and Stade Toulouse, the demons of the European Cup final between the two teams resurfaced on Sunday night for the Maritimes. With the game in hand, Will Skelton was sent off for a high tackle on Richie Arnold (57e), like Levani Botia on Maxime Médard on May 22. Behind, the Rochelais suffered the red and black assaults. Result: 20-16 for Toulouse, who sign a third victory in a row against their best rivals.
The first day of Top 14 offered some great meetings with in particular the draw (24-24) between Toulon and Montpellier, the very nice return to the elite of Biarritz, winner at home against Bordeaux-Bègles (27-15) and the improved victory of Brive against the promoted Perpignan (36-15).
- Your orange tide, you will satisfy
For the return of the Dutch Grand Prix to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1985, what could be better than a victory for the prodigal son? The Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) did not tremble on Sunday to win at home on the Zandvoort circuit and delight the 17the success of his career.
In front of stands lined with all orange-clad supporters, the Red Bull driver started from pole position, alongside his championship rival Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). The latter tried to put pressure on Verstappen throughout the Grand Prix by anticipating his pit stops to force the Red Bull team to fault. But the Batavian never wavered, and gleaned his seventh victory of the season by beating Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) at the finish line. Max Verstappen took over, at the end of this 13e round, the championship orders with three units ahead of the Briton. The French Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) respectively finished 4e and 9e.
- The history of French tennis, sadly you will mark
1890. For the first season since 1890, no French player (men and women alike) qualified for… https://t.co/2uhKN4DbIm
French tennis continues to cross the desert. For the first time since 1890, no French, men and women alike, have qualified in the round of 16 of one of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the season. Even joining the third round is not easy this year for the Blues. In the women’s draw, only Fiona Ferro and Kristina Mladenovic reached the third round, it was at the Australian Open. On the men’s side, Adrian Mannarino was also out in the third round in Melbourne like Gaël Monfils at the US Open on Saturday 4 September.
At Flushing Meadows, Gaël Monfils lost in five sets against the Italian Janik Sinner despite a crazy comeback (7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4). Among the women, Caroline Garcia and Fiona Ferro had not gone further than the second round, exited respectively by the Kazakhe Elena Rybakina (6-1, 6-4) and the Polish Iga Swiatek (3-6, 7-6 , 6-0). It is time for the season to end for French tennis players.
The weekend video
The images of the retirement of Miguel Angel Lopez, during the 20th stage of # LaVuelta21. 3rd overall this morning, the Colo… https://t.co/NpaWtGj71P
Dropped by his competitors and furious to see his third place in the general classification soar, Miguel Angel Lopez left the Vuelta by the very small door. 22 kilometers from the finish, “Superman” suddenly stopped. Movistar’s sporting director tried to convince the Colombian rider to start again but without success. The latter would even have been untraceable for a few moments according to the Spanish daily. Marca. Colombian newspaper El tiempo claims Lopez was unhappy with his team’s strategy.
The latter apologized after his abandonment: “I decided to stop fighting when all was not lost. There, I just want to say to the fans, to the sponsors, to the organizers of the Tour of Spain that I am sorry after what happened. “
The declaration of the weekend
“There will be a time when the players explode because the matches are more and more demanding and we have less time to rest”
Sergio Busquets, part of the Spanish selection and FC Barcelona, did not really appreciate the idea of Arsène Wenger organize a FIFA World Cup every two years. And he let it be known at a press conference:
“We just see that the schedule is getting busier and they don’t care about the players. It is very difficult to manage, as we have seen recently with this pandemic. All this will have consequences, so it would be necessary to organize a meeting and listen to all parties. “
The weekend sportswoman
At 22, Loana Lecomte secured the final victory in the MTB World Cup this Sunday, taking 4th place at… https://t.co/l6ox4LJNOv
Ten years after Julie Bresset, Loana Lecomte becomes the second Frenchwoman to win the general classification of the cross-country mountain biking world cup. Fourth in Lenzerheide (Switzerland), the 22-year-old cyclist can no longer be caught up in the standings even before the last round of the season at Snowshoe (United States, from September 15 to 19). A feat for her second season in the top flight, she who could not defend her title of world champion hopes last week because of an illness.
And balm to the heart after her poor performance at the Olympic Games: Loana Lecomte had finished sixth when she was among the favorites. For his part, the Frenchman Victor Koretzky – third in the worlds eight days ago – won the cross-country event at the World Cup in Lenzerheide.