Superstar merchant, Pinot catches up, Verstappen flies, Dupont and Toulouse breathless … Our sports weekend tops and flops

Léon Marchand’s unexpected coronation, Tibault Pinot in shape before the Tour, Max Verstappen as head, the dethroned Toulouse stadium … Discover the peaks and failures of the Figaro Sports Department.


The advent of Marchand

French swimming has been waiting for seven years for the successor of Florent Manaudou, two-time world champion in 2015. It has been since the victory of Léon Marchand on Saturday evening in Budapest. A prodigy in the combined 400 m, the young Frenchman (20 years old) won the final by playing the world record. Second world performance of all time, his mark in 4: 04.28 calls to others. Meanwhile, Marie Wattel took home a second medal in France on Sunday, with silver in the 100m butterfly.

Dubbed French in Germany, Quartararo takes the lead

Fabio Quartararo in the new cloud. After celebrating his contract extension at Yamaha with a victory in Catalonia two weeks earlier, “El Diablo” did it again by flying over the German Grand Prix. Taking advantage of the absence of Kaiser of the Sachsenring Marc Márquez (winner of the last eight editions) and the fall of the poleman Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), the Nice won easily the 10th test of the championship and advanced with 34 points of advantage in the championship. Second in the race, Johann Zarco reached the 14th podium of his career and climbed to third place overall.

Pinot smiles before the Tour

Thibaut Pinot’s smile and rage at the top of a victorious ascent are inseparable from his legend. Winner of the 7th stage of the Tour de Switzerland solo, at the expense of a good effort towards the summit of Malbun (Lichtenstein), the franccomtois showed that he still had something under his feet, less than two months after finding success in the Tour of the Alps. Great news less than two weeks from the start of the Tour de France, which you will find after your absence in 2021 and where it is still attractive.

Double hit for Verstappen

Victory for Max Verstappen. And a little more. The Dutch driver won the Canadian F1 Grand Prix on Sunday in Montreal. His sixth win of the season, the 26th since the start of his career. A success that allows him to consolidate his position as a leader in the classification of pilots. And even to increase it, with now 46 points ahead of the Mexican Sergio Pérez (retired in the 9th round) and 49 over the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (5th), penalized on Saturday and left at the bottom of the grid. It is worth noting the magnificent race of Carlos Sainz, second and who believed in this first success for a long time.

Aprasidze, unexpected hero

It’s called Gela Aprasidze. Georgian by nationality, half scrum and goal scorer by profession. Age 24 years. Arriving at the MHR in 2017, he had few opportunities to express himself. 11 match sheets in three seasons; Before the start of this year: 19 appearances, including eight as a starter, in all competitions. In the semi-final on Saturday night against UBB, he came on in the 67th minute. When the verdict of the match was still undecided. Montpellier advanced 13-10 and the Hérault staff then said that their phenomenal shot could certainly make a difference. Strange because Gela Aprasidze had only made three penalties this season? Except that the day before, during the captain’s training, the intrepid Georgian had tried, and had succeeded, eight long-distance attempts. In the last ten minutes of this bitter and undecided semi-final, his teammates charged two penalties more than 50 meters from Bordeaux’s posts. At 70 and 79. Both managed to tip the fate of the game in favor of Montpellier (19-10). And they enthrone Aprasidze as an unexpected hero.

Time for revenge for Borel

July 25, 2021, Tokyo. Yannick Borel lost as soon as he entered the Olympic tournament against Egyptian Mohamed Elsayed (18 years old). And everything seems to be collapsing under the feet (he was diminished by a painful calf) of the French Swordsman. Romain Cannone will look for the gold of surprise. He will repeat this disappointment for a long time (“Five years falling in less than five minutes, the blow is fatal”). The desire to stop everything touches the 2018 world champion. Before climbing the stairs. June 19, 2021. In Antalya, Romain Cannone stumbled on the first step, defeated 15-11 by Belgian Neisser Loyola in the first round. Like Alexandre Bardenet 3rd in the Monal challenge, in April in Paris. Yannick Borel won a 4th European title (2016, 2017, 2018, 2022) in sword. With to give brilliance to his revenge a sumptuous 15-1 victory in the final against the unexpected Dutchman Tristan Tulen. For Yannick Borel (33) Tokyo was suddenly a long way off … The next step for one of the leaders of the French fencing team, the world championship, from 15 to 20 July in Cairo. To impress and continue to fill the French trophy room.

Zidane away from Paris, free field for Galtier

The next Parisian coach will be of French nationality and born in Marseille. That’s not what you think … Zinedine Zidane has said no to PSG. Not because of his love for OM or his quarrels with Luis Campos, the capital’s new football adviser to the capital, about his power in the Parc des Princes, but because of his interest in the French national team. an information RMCour comrades specify that the former leader of the blues “does not close the door on PSG“In the future. Meanwhile, the big winner is Christophe Galtier, more than ever Mauricio Pochettino was expected to succeed the reigning French champions. According to various sources, the arrival of the Nice coach is no longer in doubt. It remains to find an agreement with the Aiglons, the interested party is under contract.


Dupont and Toulouse breathless

We don’t have to wait for Antoine Dupont to cross the field …This admission of Stade Toulousain coach Ugo Mola after Castres Olympique eliminated the reigning champions in the semi-finals clearly indicates that the best player in the world lost his match. Decisive in the play-off against the Stade Rochelais, the half scrum of the XV of France barely stood out against the neighboring Tarn, eclipsed by his counterpart, the Uruguayan Santiago Arata, author of a test and metronome in the cast of the party. The difficult and endless season ended up winning the legs of a breathless Dupont. Holidays are just around the corner for you to recharge your batteries, release the pressure before facing a crucial and intense 2022-2023 season for the captain of a French XV who is set to be crowned world champion on October 28. 2023 at the Stade de France.

Gasly passed

After five races without points, Pierre Gasly had put an end to this series in Baku with his fifth place. French pilot Alpha Tauri then arrived in Montreal with ambitions. Ambitions cooled quickly after finishing 16th in the standings. A big disappointment as his anonymous race on Sunday, with a modest fourteenth position. Gasly is struggling this season with just a top 10 in the last seven races.

Graët is taken again by Mbappé

Noël Le Graêt lost the opportunity to shut up? According to Kylian Mbappé, the answer is “yes”. “He (Mbappé) found that the Federation had not defended him after his lack of a penalty (during the penalty shootout against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the last European Championship, ed.) And criticism on the networks. I no longer wanted to play for the French national team“, said the FFF president in the columns of the JDD. To which Mbappé replied: “Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. But he considered that there had been no racism …“Vibration. The relationship between the Blues’ striker and the head of the” 3F “was already fresh. “, via RMC : “I agree with him. I understood everything and with him there is no problem. I have always had a deep fondness for his personality. ”

The English XV derails against the barbarians with French sauce

A demonstration. Composed of many French and Top 14 players and led by Fabien Galthié, the British Barbarians did a brief English job on Sunday in Twickenham (55-21). A slap in the face for the 15th Rose, worrying before the summer tour of Australia. The absence of Leicester and Saracens players, occupied by Saturday’s English Championship final, or Alex Dombrandt’s last-minute package (knee) do not explain everything. “We wanted to win this game against the Barbarians, I’m not mistaken, but it was also a warm-up match for Australia, so we tried to play differently.“Eddie Jones downplayed it. And Rose’s XV coach added,”Most of the things we tried to do today didn’t work, as you can see on the bulletin board, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work in the future.“Coué method?”It’s a good reminder of how much work we still have to do before Australia“At least that’s what I’m sure of.”

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