Football was especially in the spotlight during the weekend, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. In addition to the Premier League and the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 has regained its rights. French champions Paris Saint-Germain already appear to be in good form. Sports news was also marked by a new defeat for the All Blacks in rugby and two French victories in cycling. In contrast, the British GP did not smile on the Habs in MotoGP. Franceinfo: Sport sums up what to remember from the weekend.
Rugby: New Zealand bows again
The losing streak continues for the All Blacks. On the first day of the Rugby Championship on Saturday, New Zealand lost significantly to South Africa (26-10). It is New Zealand’s third consecutive loss, following back-to-back losses against Ireland in July.
– All Blacks (@AllBlacks) August 6, 2022
The Springboks have sometimes given their opponents a rugby lesson. Dominated in all areas of the game, Sam Cane’s teammates cheated a bit as they scored a try from Shannon Frizell (78th) as South Africa played in the 14th, after Kurt-Lee Arendse was ruled out for a dangerous charge on Beauden Barrett. The two teams will meet on August 13 in Johannesburg.
Ligue 1: PSG starts strong
After four goals against Nantes in the Champions Trophy, Christophe Galtier’s players scored five goals in their opening match of the Ligue 1 championship, in Clermont. While Lionel Messi scored on a fine acrobatic return, Neymar particularly impressed in Auvergne. Agile and faithful leader of the Parisian attack, the Brazilian striker scored a goal and distributed three assists.
— Paris Saint Germain (@PSG_inside) August 6, 2022
MotoGP: slack for Quartararo, Zarco falls
The French missed their appointment at Silverstone, during the twelfth round of the MotoGP world championship. Classification leader Fabio Quartararo finished eighth in a British Grand Prix won by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati). The Yamaha rider is still at the top of the general classification, with a 22-point lead over his Spanish rival, Aleix Espargaró, who was also disappointing (9th place).
The other Frenchman, Johann Zarco, can also harbor great regrets. Starting from pole position, the Ducati Pramac rider was only four laps in the lead. Having poorly negotiated a slow corner, Zarco finished off in the gravel, before retiring. “Put the balls“, reacted the 32-year-old rider who is still competing after his first victory in MotoGP.
Cycling: Sivakov and Cordon-Ragot win
Frenchman Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) won the Tour de Burgos on Saturday. At 25 years old, he signs his third success in a stage race after his victories in 2019 in the Tour of the Alps and the Tour of Poland. The Franco-Russian runner, who has been running under a French license since March 2022, is the third Tricolor to win in the Spanish province, after Armand de Las Cuevas (1994) and Laurent Jalabert (1997).
Thanks guys! ❤️ Good to be back on the top step of the podium pic.twitter.com/eYFlQokqYS
— Pavel Sivakov (@PavelSivakov) August 7, 2022
French champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) is all smiles too, after raising her arms twice this weekend. She first won the team time trial at the Swedish Open on Saturday. The 32-year-old runner, 78th in the last women’s Tour de France, did it again on Sunday, taking advantage of the descent of the Dutch Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) to also win the road race. This is her first victory at the World Tour level.
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