Big Air World Championships with Tess Ledeux, athletics, Max Verstappen winner of the first Grand Prix of the Formula 1 season, the French mixed relay victorious in the Biathlon World Cup, Ligue 1... Find the most beautiful sports shots of the weekend through the work of photojournalists who travel the various sports fields all over the world. Thanks to the press agencies, always on the front line to cover major sporting events and the journalists of the editorial staff of 20 Minutes, here is another look, in pictures, on sports news.
Director: Olivier JUSZCZAK
In an unprecedented composition, the French mixed biathlon relay managed to win late Sunday morning in Nove Mesto (Czech Republic). In this highly reshuffled team after Quentin Fillon Maillet's positive Covid test and Émilien Jacquelin's early end of the season, Fabien Claude was nevertheless launched in the best conditions, in the lead before the last stint, thanks to very solid performances from Jeanmonnot, Colombo and Perrot behind the rifle. And this, despite complicated wind conditions.
Two-time reigning world champion Max Verstappen won the Bahrain Grand Prix, the opening round of the Formula 1 season, on Sunday ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez. Spaniard Fernando Alonso completed the podium in his first race with Aston Martin.
Tadej Pogacar started his duel with Jonas Vingegaard in the most beautiful way on the Paris-Nice by grabbing six seconds overall in the first stage, won in a sprint Sunday at La Verrière by the Belgian Tim Merlier.
For the third time in his career, Kevin Mayer was crowned European indoor heptathlon champion on Sunday in Istanbul, bringing France a first title in these championships. Mayer had to fight to the end of the 1,000m, the last of seven events, to resist Norway's Sander Skotheim. Estonia's Risto Lillemets won the bronze medal.
Slowed down in Troyes (2-2), Monaco missed the opportunity to put pressure on Olympique de Marseille, who can regain the lead in second place if they win in Rennes this Sunday evening for the 26th matchday of Ligue 1. In the race to maintain, the good deals are for Brest, winner in Strasbourg (1-0), and Montpellier, who pushed Angers (5-0) with a double of his captain Téji Savanier.
Paris Saint-Germain beat Nantes 4-2 at the Parc des Princes and consolidated their first place in the standings on the 26th matchday of Ligue 1, Saturday night, four days before their 1/8th final return of the Champions League against Bayern.
Kylian Mbappé has entered a little more in the legend of Paris Saint-Germain. At just 24 years old, he became the club's only top scorer, after his 201st goal against Nantes on Saturday, surpassing Edinson Cavani's 200.
A derby without a winner! In a high-stakes meeting, Lens and Lille neutralized each other 1-1 on Saturday in the 26th matchday of Ligue 1, a draw that does not do the business of either club.
Nice failed to beat Auxerre (1-1) Friday night at home, in the opening of the 26th day of L1. With six wins and three draws since Didier Digard's debut at the head of the team, the record remains excellent for the young Nice coach. Unbeaten for five games now (two wins and three draws), its best run since 2011, AJ Auxerre has 22 points and returns, more than ever, in the race for maintenance.
Beaten at Clermont last Sunday, Toulon returned to victory (37-9) Saturday at the Mayol stadium against Stade Français in the 20th of Top 14 rugby and won the Christophe Dominici Trophy. Thanks to this victory, the fourth in a row at home in the Top 14, and the offensive bonus obtained at the end of the match, the Varois return to two points of Bayonne, sixth, and still fight for a place in the final phase.
Tom Pidcock, Olympic mountain bike champion, played the dirt roads of Strade Bianche to conquer Saturday in Siena a prestigious victory at the end of a great solo number, in front of the Frenchman Valentin Madouas.
The Olympic champion of the 100m, the Italian Marcell Jacobs, visibly hit in the right leg, was dominated, to everyone's surprise, by his compatriot Samuele Ceccarelli for the title of European champion of the 60m indoor Saturday in Istanbul. The previously unknown 23-year-old Ceccarelli won gold in six seconds 48 seconds ahead of Jacobs (6.50) and Sweden's Henrik Larsson (6.53).
Russia's Daniil Medvedev won the Dubai tournament, his third title in as many weeks, after Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Doha (Qatar), Saturday against his compatriot Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-2. The former world No. 1 had already triumphed over the current king of the circuit, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, in the semifinals of this ATP 500 6-4, 6-4 Friday, in a victory in the form of a manifesto.
As in Friday's sprint, France's Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet took third place in the pursuit of Nove Mesto (Czech Republic), while Julia Simon, fourth, extended her lead at the top of the overall Biathlon World Cup standings. On the men's side, the inevitable Norwegian Johannes Boe won, equalling his record for individual single-season wins (16), set in 2018-2019.
American Mikaela Shiffrin secured her fifth overall Alpine Ski World Cup title on Saturday after finishing fifth in the Kvitfjell downhill in Norway, during a crazy season in which she is still chasing the all-time record for victories.
French skier Tess Ledeux, Olympic vice-champion in the discipline a year ago in Zhangjiakou (China), became world champion in big air Saturday in Bakuriani (Georgia), the third world title of her career at only 21 years old.
With 186.75 points, Tess Ledeux edged out Norway's Sandra Eie (175.00 pts) and Canada's Megan Oldham (174.00 pts), who had dominated Ledeux on the big air of the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado five weeks ago.
- Formula 1 (F1)
- Kevin Mayer
- Kylian Mbappé
- Ligue 1
- Max Verstappen