The blues hanging in Austria, the well-known semifinals of the Top 14, Roglic holds his Dauphiné … What to remember about the sports weekend

Sport has given us a new weekend full of lessons and emotions. The French national football team was beaten by Austria in Vienna (1-1), the world of the ovals saw the classification of the Stade Toulousain and Bordeaux-Bègles in the semifinals of the Top 14. In cycling, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic three were distinguished. weeks before the Tour de France by winning the Critérium du Dauphiné. Motoring delighted his fans with Toyota’s 24 Hours victory at Le Mans and Red Bull’s victory in the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

France-Austria: Kylian Mbappé saves the blues

They had a narrow getaway. In Vienna, Austria, the French team came close to defeat on Friday, June 10, but managed to draw (1-1) in the final minutes. Entering shortly after the hour, it was Kylian Mbappé who gave the victory to the blues with a shot from the left in the upper corner (83rd). The brilliance of the evening with the first successful terms of Ibrahima Konaté and Boubacar Kamara. The action of the French, once again, has not convinced.

Kylian Mbappé after his goal against Austria in Vienna on June 10 (JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

After this second draw and the defeat suffered from the beginning against Denmark, the players of Didier Deschamps are the last in their group of the League of Nations with two small points. A third game in a row without a win in this rally for the blues who will want to calm down, on Monday evening, once again against Croatia.

Top 14: Toulouse and Bordeaux pass the course

They defeated the European champions. The Stadium de Toulouse in Languedoc eliminated the Stade Rochelais on Saturday 11 June during the Top 14 (33-28). Led by a great Antoine Dupont, the Rouge et Noir dominated two-thirds of the game before seeing the dangerous Maritimes score again in the final minutes. In vain, finally, because Toulouse de Languedoc won and joined Castres Olympique in the semifinals.

Bordeaux taste the test scored by Romain Buros in the Top 14 of the play-off against Racing 92, on June 12, 2022. (ROMAIN PERROCHEAU / AFP)

The next day, Sunday 12 June, it was Bordeaux-Bègles at his Chaban-Delmas lair who validated his ticket. The Girondins logically beat Racing 92 (36-16) in front of a packed stadium. More disciplined, and superior to their opponents, the teammates of a great Maxime Lucu displeased those of Gaël Fickou, and thus join Montpellier in the quarterfinals of the Top 14.

Critérium du Dauphiné: Primoz Roglic awarded and prepared for the Tour

He was the strongest. Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) won his first Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday 12 June. Without a stage victory to his credit, he played like a good gentleman on Sunday at the top of the Salaison plateau, leaving the victory to his teammate Jonas Vingegaard, second in the last Tour de France. But if he did not win, he was marked by his dominance and his security from start to finish.

The summary of step 8

Far from insignificant, this victory three weeks after the start of the Grande Boucle sends strong signals to its future rivals. Roglic is in good shape on both the mountain and the time trial, his team disgusted the others and marched into the race with four wins. Some of the outsiders of the upcoming Tour de France could only see from afar the dominance of the man in the yellow shirt.

24 Hours of Le Mans: Toyota still alone in the world

Five years in a row crossing the line at the head. This is the impressive performance of Toyota cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And on Sunday, June 12, the No. 8 car, driven mostly by Brendon Hartley (with Sébastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa), crossed the line at the head after just over 24 hours at the Sarthe circuit. In second place is his sister, No. 7 Kamui Kobayashi (with Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez) who completed the famous endurance test more than two minutes from the winning car.

Toyota number 8 by Sebastian Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 12, 2022. (JOAO FILIPE / JOAO FILIPE)

Behind him, as the two Toyotas fought for victory in an intense hand-to-hand, Alpine had a difficult edition. With a catastrophic start and two places lost after the first laps against the Glickenhaus, they then experienced repeated mechanical incidents. Too much for the French team, which finally finished beyond the top 20.

F1: Red Bulls smile, Ferraris cry

In Baku, the blow was hard for the Ferraris. Starting at pole with Charles Leclerc, who quickly lost his place to Sergio Pérez and then Max Verstappen, they then had to suffer the withdrawal of their two drivers. Carlos Sainz left the track due to a hydraulic problem, before his Monegasque teammate joined him later, on lap 20, with an engine problem. Result: the two Red Bulls spun and the reigning world champion wandered while his Mexican teammate assured.

Sergio Pérez and Max Verstappen taste their double at the Baku Grand Prix (Azerbaijan), June 12, 2022. (XAVI BONILLA / AFP)

So the balance is terrible for Ferraris who see Red Bull escape. In the drivers’ standings, Max Verstappen flies ahead of Sergio Pérez, now second (21 point behind). Charles Leclerc is third with 34 points. The same goes for the constructors’ standings, where the Austrian team is now well ahead of the Italian with an 80-point advantage.

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