Evenepoels, Quartararo, Hamilton, Djokovic … Our sports weekend tops and flops

OPINION – Remco Evenepoel winner in Liège-Baston-Liège, in a curious PSG coronation ceremony… Discover the tops and flops of the Figaro sports division.

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Iga Swiatek boss in a favorable position

We can’t stop Iga Swiatek! Undoubtedly the first number in the world rankings won the fourth tournament in a row on Sunday in the clay courts of Stuttgart. The 20-year-old has still won 23 games in a row in all tournaments (including the Fed Cup) following this year’s triumphs in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, and is now a big favorite in the Roland-Garros Grand Slam. (May 22 to June 5). With art and manners. Paul swept everything in his path. The latest victim. The world’s fourth racket, Arina Sabalenko, beat Germany in the final (6-2, 6-2). The new tennis queen revealed in our columns this week that she “ did not consider himself the number one in the world “Ancient history now …

Remco Evenepoel perfectly calms Quick Step

At the age of 22, Remko Evenepoels restored the classic cyclist Liège-Baston-Liège Doyenne on Sunday, who was abducted alone on the day he injured his teammate, world champion Julian Alafilip. Evenepoels, for whom the whole country promises a great fate, despite his severe fall in August 2020, took over the Belgian victory from Philip Gilbert. Belgium forced everyone to agree to a violent start at the top of the Côte de la Redoute. Behind his persecution, most often led by a ubiquitous Bahrain team, the group was stationed at the foot of the last mountain, Roche-aux-Faucons, for about forty seconds, where the Evenepoels removed Bruno Armirail, the last Frenchman to survive the morning break. “On the way up, I was shivering“Arriving very moved, Evenepoels said of the public applause, which he considers a prodigy since his demonstrations in the junior category and his sensational debut at the age of 19, when he won the San Sebastian Clasica.

Fabio Quartararo beautiful double shot

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) easily won the Portuguese MotoGP Grand Prix on Sunday, ahead of his compatriot Johann Zarko (Ducati-Pramac) and thus takes the lead with equal points with Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki). “Apart from Friday, it was one of the best weekends of my career.“Says Fabio Quartararo, outgoing MotoGP World Champion. “I felt very good in the practice this morning, but I was surprised that I was so fast during the race. It’s a track I like“he admitted on the Portimao route (where he already won in 2020). Quartararo dominated the head and shoulders, finishing more than 5 seconds ahead of Zarko, who started from pole position.

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Djokovic is still very far from his best level …

Very rarely, the first number in the world ranking in the decisive set gives up 6: 0. Especially in the finals. And the lèse-majesté crime, Russian Andrei Rublev, threw a bubble at Novak Djokovic in his hometown of Belgrade in front of 8,000 fans who were committed to his cause. but “ nole still smiled after defeat (6-2, 6-7, 6-0). Because he knew he had run out of batteries in the last sprint after running out of his last set-up in the second set in Taiwan and winning the previous three games in a row. Due to the stubborn refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Serbs missed a big start to the season, including the Australian Open and the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami and Indian Wells. His lack of competition clearly explains his big mistake in the last set. Faced with the top 10 participants, he showed his current limitations. . His record in his shortened season is very small (now five wins for three losses). The man with 20 Grand Slam titles still has a job. With a view of Roland-Garos (May 22 – June 5), in which he defends the champion, he has a month left to regain the status worthy of his status …

Lewis Hamilton, Cross Stations

The seven-time world champion really wanted to leave Imola, and we can understand that. The modest thirteenth, much of the race stuck behind Pierre Gasley, Lewis Hamilton was never able to compete for the top ten while his teammate finished fourth in an equivalent car. It definitely causes. Stunned at the end of the Grand Prix, the Mercedes leader seemed really affected by the situation: “ Hard day. I’ll be in the factory tomorrow, but I can’t do much. I’m just trying to stay positive. And the news is not encouraging. His Mercedes will be the same in Miami in two weeks, and we will have to wait in Spain for improvements. Room 44 galley season.

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

A house party? Not for Paris. Chafouin has continued his protest movement since being relegated to the Real Madrid Champions League in Paris on Saturday. As they had announced before the meeting, they put down their tarpaulins and left their stands for 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, creating surreal scenes that will no doubt spread around the world. If their anger is understandable, so are their demands, at least for the most part, untrue. It is a bit as if the disagreements in the CUP led to a measure that was essentially incomplete due to a lack of consensus. In any case, the players only moderately appreciated and understood. They are not the only ones. Late date. Note that the players did not even take the circle of honor, limiting themselves to a few shy thanks from the central circle, some, led by Messi, quickly returning to the locker room.

Georgie Collins

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