Find weekend tops and flops selected by Sportsdu Figaro’s editorial staff.
Legendary French XV
Two years after they failed slightly, Fabien Galthié’s young blues did it! In the ecstatic Stade de France, in front of 9 million viewers, Antoine Dupont and his band were as combative as talented and dominated England 25-13. For 12 years, he joined their illustrious predecessors in Pantheon in 1968, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2010. 536 days before the start of the “his” World Cup, this striking French XV with power and vitality rejuvenated. All beaten enemies salute Bruce’s extraordinary level of performance during this mastered and accomplished Six Nations tournament.
Return to the forefront of Scuderia Ferrari
The Tifosi I’m sure you’ll pinch yourself to believe it. After Charles Leclerc’s pole on Saturday, Ferrari won the double at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. First since Singapore in 2019. If Monaco dominated the race from the start to the finish at Sakhir Grand, Carlos Sainz sailed in third place for a long time before taking advantage of Max Verstappen’s retirement to verify Scuderia’s perfect weekend. “”It’s been very difficult for the last two years, so it feels greatLeclerc enthusiastic. We knew we were working well and finding an outpost was only a matter of time and we proved it this weekend. We finally got a car to fight for victory, it’s really great.The joy destined to be extended in Saudi Arabia from next Sunday.
Fabio Caralaro and Johann Zarco bounce back in Indonesia
Johann Zarco (8) who passed the season opener in QatarWhen) And Fabio Qaratararo (9)When) Raised the standard brilliantly on Sunday in Indonesia. In a dire situation on the wet track, the world champion who won the pole position took a wonderful second place at Yamaha after Miguel Oliveira of Portugal. Zarco and his Ducati took the podium.Cartalaro rises to 3 as a result of two complete resumptions of the blues at the World ChampionshipsWhen Rank and Zarco 5When..
Italy ends the black series in tournaments
Explosions of joy, tears, and a sigh of great relief. Italy defeated Wales (21-22) on Saturday, losing 36 consecutive defeats in a successful tournament in Scotland since 2015. It was a huge feat for the young Nazionale and was regularly ridiculed to see if she was participating in the competition of her ancestors. “We haven’t measured it completely, it will come little by little. It’s a feat, it’s beautiful. In honor of Wales, the great country of rugby, this is a special victory. This is a special victory. It’s the result of work in the last few weeks. “, Play in Gournoble (Pro D2) and taste the rear of Azulian Jecapuozzo, who signed a decisive breakthrough at the end of the match, to win. And at the end of the match, he received the medal of the best player Welshman had just received from the hands of winger Josh Adams while winning against his teammates. A very elegant gesture. With the high performance of Transalpins.
Hurdle brings smiles to French athletes
In the midst of a major crisis of consequences, French athletics found a smile again thanks to the hurdles this weekend. On Saturday, Cyrena Samba-Mayela, a big tricolor hope, won her first world title in the indoor women’s 60m hurdles in Belgrade. And the victory of this 21-year-old Teddy Tamgho’s disciple is also emulated by his male compatriots, as Pascal Martinot-Lagard won the silver medal at the same distance and was only defeated by world record holder Grant Holloway. it was done.
“Mondo” is always high
The most striking thing about this story is that Armand Duplantis isn’t going to stop there. By jumping 6.20m in Belgrade, the 22-year-old Swedish genius broke his own record and won his first indoor world title. But he is never satisfied.I have now jumped over 6m enough to know that I can break the record at any time.“This Sunday, he confessed the Olympic champion after his new record. His followers Thiago Braz and Chris Nilsen, who are signs of his impressive dominance over discipline, block less than 6 meters. It was left as it was.
The end of the season of Tessa Wally’s deification
After a complex game in Beijing where she was the flagman, Tessa Wally returned to track at the end of the season. The 32-year-old French skier, who defeated the Lenzerheide (Switzerland) giant, took two fourth places in Are (Sweden) and Meribel on Sunday, gaining a small giant slalom world. This is the second time a skier who has won the World Cup 16 times has won a professional classification (since 2017) and was able to celebrate with a very excited audience at the Saboyard Resort.
Mohoric as an act of balancing
We were expecting a Slovenian on Roma Street, and we got it. That wasn’t the only thing we expected, as it was Matej Mohoric, not Tadej Pogačar, who offered Milan-San Remo this Saturday. Thanks to the descent he has a secret, the versatile rider of Bahrain Victorias provided himself with the first “monument” of his career. When the Slovenes blamed the dangerous “Mohoric position” (a position on the frame, prohibited by the UCI), they presented a telescopic rod to the saddle to help them descend at Poggio … and by the UCI. It has been verified. “”Cycling has changed from today“I humbly comment on the people involved.
Paris SG is still digging …
An international break is good for Paris Saint-Germain stars who don’t have to meet supporters at this week’s Camp de Rouge or Parc des Princes. The latter, who expressed anger loudly (and legally) after losing in the Champions League, still have reason to smoke after a pathetic performance in Monaco on Sunday (0-3). With no thought or reaction, Parisian looked worried, adjacent to his lack of professionalism. “”We must respect each other and the supporters who support us“, I pleaded with Mbappe.”It’s devastating.This is the worst game of the year“, I chained Captain Marquinos. Even the gentle Pochettino sounded an alarm.” “”unacceptable», «Not acceptable», «serious“I commented on an Argentine coach talking about.”Shame of sports“. Not good.
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… Bordeaux too
The state of emergency has been officially declared in Bordeaux. The Girondins did not win for two months and lost to Montpellier three times in a row at home, but above all … 9-11 (0-2). Calm with the early achievements of Wahhi (11th) and Moret (16th), locals couldn’t find any failures despite 32 shots, including 27 shots in the second half (goal 8). did. It’s also the first time in 30 years that a team of nine in League One hasn’t scored a goal. As a result, after the meeting on Sunday, supporters resented by the club’s descent into hell prevented players from leaving. “It was important for everyone to be present so that players could hear the supporters’ complaints.” David Guillon, who had never won the last match against the Girondins in League One, responded by five points behind Saint-Etienne in the playoffs.
The end of the chaotic race of Verstappen and Red Bull
It was certainly not Max Verstappen’s imaginary debut. His first “Mad Max”, which took first place in front of Red Bull, was firmly placed in second place at the Bahrain Grand Prix behind Leclerc … giving up following a loss of power. One of three retirements from the race … three cars powered by Honda. The engine of Pierre Guthrie (Alpha Tauri) exploded in about 10 laps from the end, and the engine of Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez gave up on the final lap. If the French didn’t know why, the Dutch knew more: “The abandonment involved gasoline, which no longer reached the engine. It also affected Sergio.” Definitely annoying. Especially because Red Bull didn’t score points on Sunday and is already behind the competition. In addition, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be held next Sunday, mechanically reducing the time to find the location of the failure. In any case, this is worrisome for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri, and the results are already important for both teams.
Real Madrid sinks in Classico
Only one is missing and everything is depopulated. Real, who was orphaned by captain Karim Benzema, took a group lesson from FC Barcelona and won the Bernabeu this Sunday (0-4). After a vast demonstration, Xavi’s band, which is becoming more and more influential in the Catalan head, provided a spectacular revenge for the Madrid winners of the first two “Classicos” of the season. But this time, the heroic Melenguez fell below everything in the match against Paris 11 days ago and experienced a return to brutal reality. If the championship appears to have already settled (9 points from Sevilla, 12 points from Barça), Ancelotti’s army must return to its original position before finding Tuchel’s Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals. ..