Evenepoel, Quartararo, Hamilton, Djokovic … Our sports weekend Tops and Flops

OPINION – Remco Evenepoel, winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the curious coronation of PSG … Discover the peaks and failures of the sports department of Figaro.

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Iga Swiatek a head in a state of grace

We can’t stop Iga Swiatek! The undisputed world number one won his fourth consecutive tournament on the clay courts of Stuttgart on Sunday. The 20-year-old Poland holds 23 straight victories in all competitions (including the Fed Cup), following her victories this year in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, and is now a big favorite for the Roland-Garros Grand Slam tournament. . (from May 22 to June 5). With art and manners. The Pole sweeps everything in his path. Last victim. World No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka, beaten (6-2, 6-2) in the final in Germany. The new tennis queen told our columns this week that she “ the number one in the world was unimaginable “. Ancient history now …

Remco Evenepoel consoles the Quick Step excellently

At the age of 22, Remco Evenepoel rejuvenated the Doyenne of classic cyclists, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, who was abducted alone on the day of the injury of his teammate, world champion Julian Alaphilippe. Evenepoel, to whom a whole country promises a great destiny despite its serious fall in August 2020, took over from Philippe Gilbert’s list of Belgian victories. The Belgian managed to get everyone to agree to a violent exit to the top of the Côte de la Redoute. Behind him, the most ubiquitous chase led by the hitherto ubiquitous Bahrain team placed the group about forty seconds at the foot of the last hill, Roche-aux-Faucons, where Evenepoel distanced the last survivor of the morning escape, the Frenchman Bruno Armirail. “I had chills on the way up“Evenepoel, very excited on arrival, said about the applause of an audience that considers him a prodigy since his junior rallies and his sensational debut at the age of 19, in the elite. to win the San Sebastian Classic.

Fabio Quartararo has a fantastic effort at goal

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) easily won the Portuguese MotoGP Grand Prix this Sunday ahead of his compatriot Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) and thus takes the lead in the world with equal points with the Spaniard Alex Rins ( Suzuki). “Aside from Friday, it was one of the best weekends of my career.“, loved Fabio Quartararo, the outgoing MotoGP world champion.”I felt really good this morning during the practice laps, but I was surprised to be so fast during the race. It’s a track I like“Quartararo dominated the head-to-shoulder race, finishing more than 5 seconds ahead of Zarco, who came out of pole position,” he admitted.

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Djokovic is still far from his best …

It is very rare for the world number one to fall 6-0 in a decisive set. Especially in a final. And the crime of injuring His Majesty, the Russian Andrey Rublev inflicted a bubble on Novak Djokovic at his home in Belgrade in his hometown in front of 8,000 fans committed to his cause. But “ nole he was still smiling after his defeat (6-2, 6-7, 6-0). Because he knew he was out of battery in the final sprint after running out of his last reserves in the second set tiebreaker and winning his previous three games in sets in a row. Due to his stubborn refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Serb missed much of the start of the season, including the Australian Open and the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami and Indian Wells. . His lack of competition clearly explains his big foul in the last set. In front of a member of the top 10, he showed his current limits. . His record, in his truncated season, is very meager (now five wins to three losses). There is still work for the man with 20 Grand Slam titles. In the face of Roland-Garros (May 22 – June 5), of which he is champion, he has one month left to regain a level worthy of his condition …

Lewis Hamilton, Stations of the Cross

The seven-time world champion wanted to leave Imola and we understand that. A modest thirteenth, stuck for much of the race behind Pierre Gasly, Lewis Hamilton was never able to fight for a top 10 while his teammate was in fourth place, with the same car. That necessarily screams. Stunned at the end of the Grand Prix, the Mercedes leader seemed to be really affected by this situation: “ A difficult day. I’ll be at the factory tomorrow, but I can’t do much. I just try to be positive. And the news is not reassuring. Your Mercedes will be the same in Miami in a fortnight and we will have to wait in Spain for improvements. A season of galleys for number 44.

The surreal atmosphere of the Parc dels Princes for the 10th PSG title

Party at home? Not for Paris. Chafouins since the elimination against Real Madrid in the Champions League, the Parisian Ultras continued their protest movement on Saturday. As they had announced before the meeting, they left the canvas and left the stands just over a quarter of an hour from the end. All to better celebrate the title … at the foot of the Virage Auteuil, outside the stadium, giving rise to surreal scenes that will undoubtedly go around the world. If his anger is understandable, his demands too, at least for the most part, this action sounds false. It’s a bit like dissensions within the CUP have led to a measure that is imperfect in nature due to a lack of consensus. In any case, the players only appreciated and understood moderately. They are not the only ones. A missed date. It should be noted that the players have not made a single lap of honor, limiting themselves to a few timid thanks from the central circle, some, Messi at the helm, quickly returning to the locker room.

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