Tour de France: Van der Poel abandons
Mathieu Van der Poel abandoned yesterday Wednesday at the midpoint of the 11th stage of the Tour de France cyclist, part of Albertville towards the Col du Granon. Breaking away at the start of the stage with his great rival Wout Van Aert, Van der Poel was picked up and then dropped by the peloton, before throwing in the towel. The double winner of the Tour of Flanders had been only a shadow of himself since the start of the Great Loop in Denmark. The Tour was his first race since the Giro in May, the only major tour he has completed in his career. Last year, he left the Tour de France at the end of the 8th stage, after winning a victory and wearing the yellow jersey for six days. It was the second retirement of the day after that of Oliver Naesen. Today, for the return of the Tour to Alpe-d’Huez after four years of absence, the 12th stage resumes one of the most classic routes of the event between Briançon and the resort of Oisans. Galibier, Croix-de-Fer, Alpe-d’Huez: the trilogy of off-category climbs has marked the history of the Grande Boucle. With, for ultimate reference, the arrival of Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond hand in hand in 1986. Four years after the victory of Geraint Thomas, in the sound and fury of the climb of Alpe-d’Huez – fractured vertebra for Vincenzo Nibali – the Tour thus revives the legendary climb, 70 years after the initial success of the “campionissimo” Fausto Coppi.
Women’s Euro: Les Bleues to invite themselves to the ball of the quarters
After the fireworks against Italy, Corinne Deacon’s France can celebrate the national holiday with a qualification for the quarterfinals of the Women’s Football Euro, this evening, by beating Belgium, a necessary step but not enough to clarify the future of the breeder. On the ground, the calculation is simple: a victory in Rotherham against the Red Flames, the least rated opponents of the group, would allow Les Bleues to join the top 8, like England and Germany, even before the last match against Iceland. And if their Italian victims, crunched (5-1) last Sunday, do not lose against the Icelanders tonight, 1st place in group D would already be assured. Finishing at the top of the group theoretically ensures a more accessible table. In addition, Denmark, long held in check by Finland, finally won (1-0), a result which revives the finalists of the last edition. Corrected by Germany (4-0) for their entry into the running, the Danes scored their first 3 points in Group B thanks to a late goal from the head of their captain, Pernille Harder. Already beaten at the opening by Spain (4-1), the Finns were eliminated thanks to the victory of the Germans against the Spanish (2-0). Extremely solid and realistic, Germany thus ensured their qualification for the quarter-finals and 1st place in Group B, which saved them from facing the formidable England before the final. The host country, which crushed Norway (8-0), is 1st in Group A and will be opposed in the quarterfinals to Spain or Denmark who will face each other on the last day of the group stage, a draw sufficient to the Iberians to qualify. Germany will play Austria or Norway if the Scandinavians win the last match.
Dream debut for Ten Hag with Manchester United
Everything smiled at Manchester United for the premiere of its new coach Erik Ten Hag, with great success against the second team of Liverpool (4-0) in a friendly match in Bangkok (Thailand), which made people forget the absence of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Dutch technician took seriously the disputed friendly meeting in the heat of the Thai capital by aligning at kick-off his best possible formation around Bruno Fernandes. Despite the lack of stake, “winning must be our standard”, asserted the former coach of Ajax Amsterdam who dictated the tempo in the first period by being active in his technical area. Between pressing in defense and offensive efficiency, his players were in tune, starting with striker Anthony Martial, scorer for the 3-0 on a personal feat. He hadn’t scored since February. The Frenchman, who remains on a failed six-month loan to Sevilla, seized his chance at the No. 9 position, deserted by Ronaldo who stood in his way last season. The Portuguese having been excused from touring against a backdrop of rumors surrounding his departure this summer, the former Olympique Lyonnais submitted his candidacy to take his place, with 45 minutes full of intensity which earned him the title of man of the match from the organizer. Before Martial, Jadon Sancho and Fred had initiated the Red Devils festival, which brought smiles to Thai fans disappointed with 6th place in the Premier League last season. Facundo Pellistri increased the bill on a counter. On the side of the Reds, the German coach Jürgen Klopp, acclaimed by the local public, carried out the extensive review of the workforce that he had announced. Flagship rookie Darwin Nuñez, bought this summer for nearly 100 million euros (including bonus) from Benfica Lisbon, played the last half hour like most Liverpool executives. The Uruguayan, whose ponytail gives him the false air of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, tried his luck twice, but in vain. Luis Diaz hit the post twice and Mohammad Salah once. “This match came too soon, but I saw good things,” Klopp said. The Reds continue their Asian tour in Singapore where they will face Crystal Palace tomorrow Friday. The Mancuniens, them, flew yesterday Wednesday for Australia. The Premier League resumes on August 6.
The Super League wants to make history
Lawyers for UEFA and the Football Super League continued, on Tuesday in Luxembourg, before the EU courts, their battle of arguments, the latter counting on a liberalization of competitions. “This case is a hundred times more important than the Bosman judgment, where it was about the liberalization of the labor market. Here, we are talking about the football production market, ”said Jean-Louis Dupont, one of the lawyers for the Super League. Named after Jean-Marc Bosman, a Belgian footballer who had taken his Belgian club to court over the conditions imposed on his transfer to France, the Bosman ruling in 1995 enshrined the principle of free movement of players in EU countries. Already engaged in this fight with Bosman, Me Dupont intends, a quarter of a century later, to repeat his success by having the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) recognize that UEFA infringes free competition by refusing a project private alternative to its Champions League. “It’s not about establishing a law of the Wild West. It is simply a question of the Court of Justice being able to say that in all the other sectors, in an organized manner, under the supervision of the European Commission, no one can have a monopoly and everyone can try their luck (…). It’s called competition,” the lawyer said after the second and final day of hearings. For the opposing party, Donald Slater brushed aside these arguments. “The Super League did not fail because of a possible monopolistic position (of UEFA) in a competitive market, but because European supporters greatly appreciate the values that we carry,” defended the lawyer. More than 20 EU member countries have sided with UEFA in this procedure. The Advocate General must deliver his conclusions on December 15. The CJEU will not be bound to follow its legal opinion. The shutdown is not expected until early 2023.
CyclingTour de France: Van der Poel abandonsMathieu Van der Poel abandoned yesterday Wednesday at the halfway point of the 11th stage of the Tour de France cyclist, part of Albertville towards the Col du Granon. Breaking away at the start of the stage with his great rival Wout Van Aert, Van der Poel was picked up and then dropped by the peloton, before throwing in the towel. The double winner of the Tour des…