Another exciting sports weekend. Emotions, lessons and historical statistics have marked the sports news in recent days. The French rugby team ended its golden year with a victory against Japan, Les Bleues du foot shone for their entry into the running at Euro 2022, Elena Rybakina and Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon, Van Aert and Pogacar made their opponents suffer in the Tour de France, and Charles Leclerc tamed the Red Bull Ring ahead of Max Verstappen.
Rugby: the XV of France, unstoppable, ends the season undefeated
They ended in style. The Blues won, Saturday, July 9, their second match of the summer tour against Japan (20-15), at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Led at half-time in sweltering heat, the men of Fabien Galthié managed to come back to score to finally win. Thanks to this new victory, the XV of France ends the season undefeated and equals its record of ten consecutive victories, established in October 1937. The French team has not conceded a defeat since July 2021 in Australia.
This is the best season in the era Galthié with, as a bonus, prestigious victories such as that against New Zealand in November 2021 and the Grand Slam during the Six Nations Tournament in March. This succession of good results thus allows the Habs to further establish their supremacy by taking the lead in the world rankings on Monday. This is a first for France since the establishment of this classification in 2003. The Blues recover the place hitherto occupied by South Africa, reigning world champion, beaten by nothing on Saturday by Wales (12-13). Next step for the XV of France: the autumn tour next November.
Wimbledon: Elena Rybakina new queen in London, seventh coronation for Novak Djokovic
Elena Rybakina wrote her name in history on Saturday July 9. By winning against the Tunisian, Ons Jabeur, in the final of the Wimbledon tournament (3-6, 6-2, 6-2), Elena Rybakina won her first major title. She is too became the first Kazakhstani to win a Grand Slam tournament since the start of the Open era.
At 23 years and 22 days, the player of Russian origin, naturalized Kazakh four years ago, is also became the youngest player since Petra Kvitova in 2011 to lift the trophy in London. She who did not expect “not even to be at Wimbledon for the second week yet”, could not hide his emotion after his victory. “I don’t have the words to say how happy I am”, she said at a press conference.
On Sunday, the duel between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios was lively. Unsurprisingly and with the strength of experience, it was the Serb who won on the turf of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. In four sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6), “Djoko” was able to keep calm when his Australian opponent gradually cracked over the match. With this success, the former world No. 1 won his seventh title at Wimbledon and saw his Grand Slam counter rise to 21, just one unit less than Rafael Nadal (22).
Euro 2022: the Blues are a hit for their entry into the running
This is called successful entry for the players of the French football team. The teammates of a great Grace Geyoro, author of a historic hat-trick, flew over the meeting against Italy to win widely (5-1). The first period was a real recital for Les Bleues who, with high pressing and a certain rigor, did not let the Transalpines breathe, until they were sickened.
The second period, however, revealed the few shortcomings that can surround this eleven from Corinne Deacon. Guilty of some defensive errors, the French even conceded a goal on an opposing header following a marking error. The France team will face Belgium for its second match on Thursday 14 July.
Tour de France: Van Aert and Pogacar heroes of the weekend, the Jungels show
Friday July 8, it was time for the first test for the favorites on this Tour de France. As a symbol, it was the yellow jersey and double defending champion, Tadej Pogacar, who won at the top of the Super Planche des Belles Filles where his rival from last year Jonas Vingegaard held him high before to be beaten in the last meters.
The next day, in a quieter stage, a man with an imposing size and a green jersey came to raise his arms very close to the Olympic stadium in Lausanne. The Belgian Wout van Aert offered himself his second bouquet on this Grande Boucle by beating, in the sprint, Michael Matthews and … Tadej Pogacar.
Sunday, the Luxembourger Bob Jungels experienced a form of resurrection on the ninth stage between Aigle and Châtel. The AG2R Citroën rider won after an impressive solo raid of 62 kilometers and resisted well the return of a certain Thibaut Pinot, author of a good comeback in the last kilometers. At the dawn of the second week, Pogacar is therefore a solid leader, Vingegaard is his fiercest rival, the French Bardet and Gaudu are in good shape and Van Aert continues to impress.
Formula 1: Charles Leclerc tames the Red Bull Ring
Winning on a track that bears the name of his rival’s team is done. Monegasque Charles Leclerc was the fastest on Sunday July 10 to cross the finish line at the head of the Austrian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver thus won his third success of the season ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. Best Frenchman, Esteban Ocon finished fifth.
The Austrian GP was also marked by the impressive image of the retirement of Carlos Sainz in a single-seater on fire. Victim of a collision at the start of the race and in difficulty thereafter, Sergio Pérez also had to put the arrow. In the drivers’ standings, Verstappen remains a solid leader with 38 points ahead of Leclerc.