DECRYPTION – Find the good and bad points awarded by the sports editorial staff of Le Figaro after the weekend which has just ended.
Alaphilippe, a historic double (10/10). The victory of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe on Sunday at the World Cycling Championships is a rare feat: only seven riders have won a world championship title two years in a row since the first edition in 1927. Only one, the Slovak sprinter Peter Sagan, has kept three consecutive seasons the rainbow jersey. “Never two without three, you never know», Commented Julian Alaphilippe. Who becomes the first French to keep his title, the first French also to be crowned twice. A historic tour de force!
Hamilton, the pure 100 (10/10). At the end of a mad race that he only led during the last three laps, by making the right choice of tires with the intermediates, Lewis Hamilton won his hundredth career success on Sunday at the Russian GP in Sochi. The seven-time world champion continues to maintain his legend. He has now won 35.59% of the Grand Prix he started, one in three races. And he also takes the lead in the world championship with two points ahead of Max Verstappen (246.5 against 244.5).
Untouchables All Blacks (8/10). Rugby is a sport that is played at XV and in the end, it is New Zealand who wins. The All Blacks won the Rugby Championship on Saturday, dominating the South African world champions (19-17) in extremis, on the occasion of the 100e confrontation between them southern mastodons. The Springboks did more than compete but they gave in, at the very end of the match, on a superb corner penalty, 40 meters, from Jordie Barrett (78th). Unstoppable. After the disillusionment of the last World Cup in Japan (defeat in the semi-final against England), the New Zealanders resumed their triumphant march, signing an 18e victory in 26 editions of the flagship competition of the southern hemisphere. The shock against the XV of France, on November 20 at the Stade de France, will be a real test of growth for the young guard of Fabien Galthié.
8/8: PSG crushes Ligue 1
Admittedly, PSG “has not always been convincing” since the start of the season, as Abdou Diallo recognizes. “But we are moving forward, we are growing as a team. It will take time. We are starting to be much more solid, as a whole, ”underlines the Senegalese international, after the Parisian victory over Montpellier on Saturday (2-0). And it is true that there was better in the content. As for the balance sheet, sky clear. “I don’t know if it’s a perfect evening, but it’s a good evening, our eighth victory in eight Ligue 1 matches”, savors Mauricio Pochettino, whose team is nine points ahead of Lens (2nd ) in the Ligue 1 standings. All without injury and with the announced returns of Marco Verrati and Lionel Messi. “It’s a good way to prepare for this match against City, a great opponent,” adds the Argentine coach. City, another kettle of fish… In the meantime, everything is rolling for Paris-SG in the French championship.
Europe took to the water in the Ryder Cup (2/10). The title holders did not exist during the three days of the legendary golf team competition. On paper, the Americans were the strongest. It’s heard. With 80% of the world top 10 in its ranks and an average ranking (9th), Team US had all the assets to take its revenge after the drop of the National golf course, three years ago 17½ to 10½. But all the same. Crushed, the European team suffered a historic defeat. So, yes, the Americans played at an exceptional level, but the choices of captain Padraig Harrington were thoughtful and there was never a spark among his players. This time the game plan and team spirit were on the Americans’ side. Former world number one Rory McIlroy hit rock bottom in doubles (two losses), before lifting his head on Sunday in singles (one victory) and shedding moving tears. Too little, too late.
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Toulon does not stop sinking (2/10). Certainly, the Toulonnais had the match point that would have allowed them to win at Aimé-Giral against Perpignan (12-9). But, they ruined it. Like so many chances in this game. Of faults in spades, a sterile game, RC Toulon is far from the standards of a top 6 contender. And this is not new. The weeks go by and the underperformances multiply. Since his arrival in the harbor, manager Patrice Collazo has not been able to do so. Unable to impose his game, to get the best of a workforce yet of quality. And the grumbling of the supporters is getting stronger and stronger. Until when ?