what to remember (also) from the sports weekend


Oui, the French football team won the second edition of the League of Nations, beating Spain in the final (2-1), in Milan, Sunday, October 10.

French midfielder Paul Pogba defeats Spaniard Sergio Busquets in the Nations League final on October 10, 2021 in Milan, Italy.

Yes, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar won his second “monument” of the season by raising his arms at the finish of the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday.

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) clenched his fists at the finish of the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday 9 October in Bergamo.

Yes, the Catalan Dragons saw their dream of the first Rugby League Super League title shattered by St Helens (12-10) on Saturday.

Mike McMeeken (Catalan Dragons), after scoring his team's only try against St Helens, Saturday, October 9, in the lost Super League final (12-10).

The three weekend lessons

  • The head of the championship, you will give up
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton with his head bowed after his fifth place in the Turkish Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday 10 October in Istanbul.

Lewis Hamilton will have experienced a Turkish Grand Prix this year very different from that of 2020. Last season, starting in sixth position on the grid, the Briton had been impressive in mastering to win his 7the title of world champion, equaling Michael Schumacher at the same time. On Sunday, on a track that was once again wet at the start of the race, Hamilton set off even further when the lights went out, at 11e rank. The reason ? A change of engine penalizing him ten places on the grid despite his best time in qualifying the day before.

The seven-time world champion almost made a crazy comeback to the podium, but a bad strategy from his team, Mercedes, finally relegated him by two places, in fifth position at the end of the Grand Prix. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), second at the start and at the finish behind the winner, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), took the opportunity to take the lead in the drivers’ standings ahead of Hamilton.

  • Your return to the international level, you will heal
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron during their Finlandia Trophy free dance program, in Espoo, Sunday 10 October.

Twenty months after their silver medal at the 2020 European Championships, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron made their return to the international level this weekend in Finland. At the Finlandia Trophy, in Espoo, a secondary circuit competition, the couple won the rhythmic dance event on Saturday, then the free dance event the next day.

A perfectly successful return, just a week after their first competition, at national level this one. In Epinal, last weekend, Papadakis and Cizeron won the Masters by presenting their Olympic programs. The 2022 Games (February 4 to 20) represent the big deadline of the season for the quadruple world champions. In Beijing, they will try to put behind them the complicated period crossed during the Covid-19 crisis, where Gabriella Papadakis was stranded in Montreal, their training place, for a visa problem since March 2020. Silvered in 2018 in Pyeongchang, they are aiming for gold in February.

  • Accession to the Super League, you will win

There will no longer be a single French team but two in the Rugby League Super League next season. After the defeat in the final of the Catalan Dragons, on Saturday, against St Helens (12-10), the Olympic Toulouse (TO) saved the honor of the XIII tricolor by largely dominating Featherstone in the Championship final (34-12), the English second division. By winning this match on Sunday at the Ernest-Wallon stadium, the TO offered themselves a ticket to join the Catalan Dragons in the Super League, the elite of European rugby union.

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In the wake of a regular season that they finished unbeaten (having played all their games away due to the pandemic) and a semi-final already mastered against Batley (51-12), the Toulouse n ‘left no hope for their opponents. The score was already final at the break (16-0) but Featherstone found envy back from the locker room to get closer to the TO (16-6). Toulouse then folded the case, thanks to five tries in total.

The weekend video

Mathilde Gros was hoping for a second medal at the European Track Cycling Championships, after bronze in the individual speed Thursday, October 7. But in the second round of the keirin, Saturday in Granges (Switzerland), the Frenchwoman suffered a violent fall, hit in the turn by the German Alessa-Catriona Pröpster. She got up and did not deplore ” nothing broken “, according to a tweet from the person concerned, who is preparing for the Roubaix Worlds, which will take place from October 20 to 24. The French team ended these European Championships with ten medals, two of which were gold.

The declaration of the weekend

“I think the 2022 World Cup will be my last. “

In an interview with the sports streaming service DAZN, Neymar cast doubt on the rest of his international career with Brazil. “I see her as the last one, because I don’t know if I will be mentally strong enough to continue to manage my life as a footballer afterwards”, said the PSG striker. Without its star, suspended, Brazil beat Venezuela (3-1) on Thursday before conceding the draw against Colombia (0-0) on Sunday.

The weekend woman

Amaury Sport Organization has chosen Marion Rousse as the first director of the Tour de France Women. The former runner will therefore lead the women’s edition of the Grande Boucle, which will be reborn from July 24 to 31, 2022 (the last edition took place in 2009). Marion Rousse will unveil the route of the eight stages, Thursday, October 14, the very day of the announcement of the men’s race. “I was very proud to have someone thinking of me to take care of this Tour de France Women (…), and above all because we want to do our utmost to ensure that little girls dream of participating ”, has been delighted with AFP the consultant of France Televisions since 2017.

The weekend figure


This is the depth, in meters, to which the French Arnaud Jerald and Abdelatif Alouach descended on Saturday to share the title of world freediving champion in open water in constant weight twin fins. Arnaud Jerald won his first world title in Kas, Turkey. The world record, 118 meters, is held by Russian Alexey Molchanov.

The weekend quiz


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