Toyota crushes 24 hours, Roglic sets a date, Ferrari “the catamaran” … Our sports weekend tops / flops

OPINION – Toyota victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, impressive Roglic before the Tour, disastrous Ferrari in Azerbaijan … Our sports weekend Tops and Flops.


24 Hours of Le Mans: Toyota’s fifth straight victory

An almost perfect race this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the Japanese manufacturer who simply created a cold sweat with an alert with the GR010 Hybrid n ° 7 on Sunday morning when a temporary breakdown immobilized the car in the exit of the Indanapolis curve. . The Toyotas crushed the race from start to finish to get another double and a fifth straight victory at La Sarthe. Toyota Gazoo Racing is now ahead of Ford and Alfa Romeo (4 wins). Next goal: get Bentley (6 hits).

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Perpignan breaks the curse

Since the establishment of the dam between the 13the of the Top 14 and finalist of the Pro D2, the club of the lower level had always prevailed. We had to wait for the fourth edition of this “access match” to see the big one come out. The credit goes to Perpignan who, after a stubborn first half, played in the second act to win with authority 41 to 16. By the way, for his farewell to the Catalan shirt, the future Tolosa Melvyn Jaminet showed the way . The rearguard of the XV of France scored 26 points (1 try, 8/9 on foot). For a successful farewell.

Mbappé, the Mozart of the blues

Kylian is Kylian, if I could make him play from the first minute … “The statement comes from Didier Deschamps, more than ever under the spell of his striker, saving the goal scorer on Friday night in Austria (1-1). As soon as he entered the game, the Parisian changed the face of his team, before scoring and being very close to the double. This player is extraordinary, it is no longer a secret to anyone and when he plays, the face of the French national team changes instantly. His presence on Monday evening at the start of the last match of June against Croatia (8.45pm, Stade de France) is a good reason to go to Saint-Denis or sit in front of his TV.


Winner of the Dauphiné, Roglic impresses with views of the Tour de France

Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo) won the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday at the Plateau de Solaison, less than three weeks before the start of the Tour de France, ahead of his Danish teammate Jonas Vingegaard. In 74 editions, Roglic is the second Slovenian rider to appear on the Dauphiné Awards list, twelve years after Janez Brajkovic. At the age of 32, this year he achieved his second victory in a WorldTour stage race in the absence of Tadej Pogacar, his compatriot and main rival of the Tour de France. In March, the Slovenian won in Paris-Nice, a race he had lost on the last day of 2021. The Dauphiné had also rejected him in August 2020 when he had given up on the morning of the last stage. , after a fall while he was dressed. yellow leader’s shirt. Long live the sequel.

Paris SG will have ruled French handball

On Saturday evening in Bercy, Paris SG completed their magnificent national season by winning the French Cup final at the expense of Nantes (36-31). His sixth trophy in the competition. And a magnificent icing on the cake after winning the French title at the end of a perfect year, with 30 victories in so many games played. The Nantes only lasted 10 minutes during this final, during which their good defense and the efficiency of Thibaut Briet, the top scorer of the match (8 goals), allowed them to make a good show. But Paris, led by their MVP of the season Luc Steins and their Polish giant Kamil Syprzak (6 goals), and protected from behind by Vincent Gérard, quickly passed the second, widening the gap to +6 in the end. minute 25. The Parisian goalkeeper, who will play next season at Saint-Raphaël, was able to rejoice at this successful farewell: “I end my history with Paris in the most beautiful way by leaving PSG at the head of the line-up”. Let’s see what happens with his departure, and in particular those of Nedim Remili and Mikkel Hansen.


Red Bull hit hard

Third double of the season, Max Verstappen’s fifth win of the year, Sunday was very sweet for Red Bull. The Austrian brand hit Baku, taking advantage of Ferrari’s reliability issues (see below). Therefore, Max Verstappen won the race, his 25th career success, and Sergio Pérez offered a very easy double to his team. The consequences for the ranking are colossal. The Dutchman, with 150 points, consolidates his lead but now it is his Mexican teammate who is in second place in the drivers’ standings with 129 points. Same with the manufacturers. Red Bull added 44 points to Baku and widened the gap to 279 pts in the time trial, 80 more than Ferrari (199).


Ferrari, a catastrophic Sunday

Let’s start with the Carlos Sainz case. Fourth, the Spanish driver was forced to retire on the ninth lap after a brake problem on Sunday during the Azerbaijani Grand Prix. The third retreat in eight races for the Iberian. The blow was already hard to swallow for the Scuderia, but what about Charles Leclerc’s engine failure? Then, at the head of the twentieth lap, the engine of the Monegasque exploded on the great straight of Baku, as in Spain. Reliability is clearly an issue for Ferrari. Because after Sainz and Leclerc, Magnussen and Zhou’s engines also pushed the two drivers to retire and Haas and Alfa Romeo are powered by … Ferrari. Beyond the points lost to the Scuderia, it also creates a parts problem, as every broken engine has to be replaced and riders are limited to three engines for the season, otherwise they will be penalized. And that can quickly become expensive. Especially at the accounting level. Scuderia Ferrari fell to the constructors ‘championship by 80 points from Red Bull and Charles Leclerc fell to third place in the drivers’ standings, 34 points behind Max Verstappen. A black Sunday for the reds.

The races still can’t do that

Since its French title in 2016, Racing 92 has always been present in the final phase. But he never made it to the Stade de France for the final. Another failure this season, the Parisians sink into the ravine, atomized by the Bordeaux 36 to 26. Fickou and his teammates cheated in half (8-10) before exploding after the break. Four tries yielded by a thrashing 36 to 16. Leaders have not responded for a long time. And inevitably, the Travers method will be questioned. The changes seem essential not to relive, season after season, the same disappointment.

A tough hack for actor Michael Fassbender

Learn to say the least complicated thing for Michael Fassbender. Headliner of this 90th edition, of which he was one of the curiosities, the successful actor was very hit by the difficulty of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With no pace behind the wheel of his Porsche 911 (record lap in 4: 03.632, or 10 seconds more than his teammate Zach Robinchon, another Sarthe debutant), Fassbender shone especially for his setbacks on the track on the evening of Saturday. From a first collision with the Ferrari N.61 causing a violent collision before a turn a few minutes after returning to the track. Enough to start a little more confidence already at a minimum. But the most important thing is, except for the Magneto player in the X-Men, if the 51st place (out of 53, not counting the dropouts) is not very good, he has hit a bet: to go all the way.

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