IDEA – Remco Evenepoel winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, PSG’s intriguing coronation… Discover the tops and slippers of the Figaro sports department.
Iga Swiatek is a boss in grace
We can’t stop Iga Swiatek! The undisputed world number one won its fourth consecutive tournament on Stuttgart clay courts on Sunday. The 20-year-old Pole has 23 consecutive wins in all competitions (including the Fed Cup) following victories at Doha, Indian Wells and Miami this year and is now a big favorite of the Grand Slam tournament at Roland-Garros. (22 May-5 June). With art and attitude. The Pole sweeps everything in its path. The last victim. World number 4 Aryna Sabalenka prevailed (6-2, 6-2) in the final in Germany. The new queen of tennis is in our corners this week, “ did not imagine himself to be number one in the world “. Now ancient history…
Remco Evenepoel perfectly consolidates Quick Step
On Sunday, 22-year-old Remco Evenepoel rejuvenated the veteran of classic cyclist Liège-Bastogne-Liège, who was kidnapped alone the day his teammate world champion Julian Alaphilippe was injured. Despite its serious fall in August 2020, the Evenepoel, where an entire country promised a great fate, replaced Philippe Gilbert on Belgium’s list of victories. The Belgian convinced everyone to start off fiercely at the top of the Côte de la Redoute. Behind him, the pursuit, led by the hitherto ubiquitous Bahraini team, placed the group about forty seconds into the final hill, the Roche-aux-Faucons, where Evenepoel had driven away French Bruno Armirail, the last survivor of the morning escape. “I got cold on the way up“, said Evenepoel, about the applause of a public who has seen him as a genius since his performances in the junior category and his sensational debut in the elite at the age of 19, when he arrived, when he won the Clasica San Sebastian.
Beautiful duo photo of Fabio Quartararo
France’s Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) easily won the Portuguese MotoGP Grand Prix ahead of compatriot Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) on Sunday, taking the world championship lead on par with Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki). “Except for Friday, it was one of the best weekends of my career.“, predicted MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo.”I felt really good on practice laps this morning, but I was surprised how fast you were during the race. It’s a piece I love“, he admitted, from the Portimao course (where he already won in 2020). Quartararo dominated the race head and shoulders and finished the race more than 5 seconds ahead of Zarco, who started from pole position.
Djokovic is still far from his best level…
It is very rare to accept the world number one 6-0 in a decision set. Especially in a final. And the crime of lèse-majesté, Russian Andrey Rublev burst a balloon at his home in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic’s hometown, in front of 8,000 fans committed to his cause. However “ no he was still smiling after his defeat (6-2, 6-7, 6-0). Because he knew he was out of battery in the last sprint after depleting his last reserves in the second set tiebreak and winning his previous three games in straight sets. Due to his stubborn refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Serb missed most of the start of the season, including the Australian Open, as well as the ATP Masters 1000 at Miami and Indian Wells. The lack of competition clearly explains his big miss in the final set. When faced with a member of the Top 10, he showed his current limits. . His record in the slash season is very meager (currently five wins for three losses). There’s still work for the man with 20 Grand Slam titles. According to his defending champion, Roland-Garros (May 22 – June 5), he has one month left before he reaches a level worthy of his status…
Lewis Hamilton, Stations of the Cross
The seven-time world champion was dying to leave Imola, and we can understand that. A modest thirteenth, behind Pierre Gasly for most of the race, Lewis Hamilton never made it to the top 10 while his teammate was placed fourth by equal car. It definitely calls. The leader of Mercedes, who was stunned at the end of the Grand Prix, looked really impressed: “ A hard day. I’ll be at the factory tomorrow, but there’s not much I can do. I’m just trying to stay positive. And the news is not reassuring. His Mercedes will be the same in Miami in two weeks and we’ll have to wait in Spain to get the improvements. It’s a culinary season for number 44.
Surreal atmosphere of Parc des Princes for PSG’s 10th title
Home party? Not for Paris. Since being knocked out against Real Madrid in the Champions League, the Chafouins have continued their protest movement against the Paris Ultras Saturday. As they had announced before the meeting, they lifted their tarps and left their booth in just over a quarter of an hour. All to better celebrate the championship… At the foot of Virage Auteuil, outside the stadium, it leads to surreal scenes that will undoubtedly travel the world. If their anger is understandable, their demand also feels wrong, at least for the most part. As if the disagreements within the CUP gave rise to a measure that was inherently flawed due to the lack of consensus. In any case, the players only moderately appreciated and understood. It’s not just them. A missed date. Note that the players didn’t even take a lap of honour, limiting themselves to a few timid thanks from the center circle, some with Messi ahead and rushing back to the locker room.