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Tour de France: Gaudu in the lead, Pinot and Bardet in ambush



The Danes will not see Julian Alaphilippe’s rainbow jersey on the roads of the Tour de France 2022, which starts this Friday July 1 in Copenhagen. But the public will witness the return to the event of two other Frenchmen who have already made the final podium in Paris: Romain Bardet, second in 2016 and third in 2017, and Thibaut Pinot, third in 2014. Two riders who have changed objective and are no longer aiming for the general classification.

Romain Bardet wants to run “offensively”

Romain Bardet, 31, had not returned since his retirement in 2020. “To be honest, I missed it last year”, he confided before the big departure. The Auvergnat also confirmed what he had already declared: he will “focus on the steps” and will not hesitate to put himself at the service of his teammates. “I’m going to run like we ran the Tour of Spain, he announced. Offensively. I will have my chance in the mountains. »

The former leader of AG2R, who now races for the German team DSM, shone in this Vuelta 2021 by winning at Pico Villuercas. He also demonstrated his good form last May on the Tour of Italy, before being forced by a virus to dismount. He then had to take the time to recover. “I have no certainty about my level, he acknowledges. It doesn’t detract from my motivation. But I want to run without thinking about tomorrow. »

Thibaut Pinot, as a “guardian angel”

The other tricolor headliner, Thibaut Pinot, is in a similar state of mind. He too has not reappeared in the Tour de France since his ordeal in 2020. Then a contender for the yellow jersey, he had been the victim of a fall which left a lasting mark on him. After a long break, the 32-year-old Franc-Comtois did not want to be leader of his lifelong formation, Groupama-FD: “Being the leader in the Tour de France is exhausting, you have to be ready in your head. ». And he is not.

Here it is now “guardian angel” of David Gaudu, according to the expression of Marc Madiot, the boss of their team. Between the two climbers, the roles were reversed. “It happened naturally. assures Thibaut Pinot. We weren’t fighting for leadership. David wanted it, he got it naturally.In my role, I will take more pleasure and I will be more useful to the team. »

David Gaudu, “podium objective”

David Gaudu will aim for the best possible place in the general classification. “The team is built around him, explained Marc Madiot. There is no rivalry, no opposition, there is no ulterior motive, we are all in the same boat and the goal is to attack the podium.. The manager does not doubt the qualities of his 25-year-old leader, nor of his teammates: “ We have nothing to envy to the others, we have shown in the big races this season that we are up to standard. »

The young Breton finished 11th in the 2021 edition. At ease in the mountains, this year he will first have to get through a first week without incident which promises to be full-bodied and tricky, with in particular the cobblestones of the North on Wednesday July 6 . But he did not depart from his usual calm in the pre-Tour press conference : “Marc has announced a podium objective, it seems high but if we don’t set high objectives, we won’t move forward. »

Guillaume Martin, for a first

As for the Frenchman best placed last year in the general classification, Guillaume Martin (8th – Cofidis), he hopes to finally be able to win the first stage of his career on the Tour de France. Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), he has already tasted this pleasure in 2017, twice. He arrives launched by an excellent start to the season, which notably saw him triumph at the Miguel Indurain Grand Prix in Spain.

(Archives – Video of 06/07/2019)

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Christian Prudhomme : « Le rôle du Tour, c’est d’apporter du bonheur »



Le Tour de France reprend ses droits. Comme tous les mois de juillet depuis bientôt cent vingt ans et les premiers coups de pédale des pionniers de 1903. Qu’importe la lancinante question du dopage, les rivalités sportives qui peinent à égaler les duels de l’âge d’or et même cette pandémie qui pouvait briser l’élan de la course. Sur le bord des routes, la France est toujours là, à regarder passer la caravane et les as de la petite reine. Fidèle et ravie.

Cette admiration sans cesse renouvelée, Christian Prudhomme la constate et s’en félicite depuis qu’il est devenu, en 2007, le directeur du Tour et son premier ambassadeur. L’ancien journaliste fait tout pour entretenir la légende, mais aussi pour garantir l’écriture de nouvelles pages. Et il le répète souvent : ce n’est pas pour lui un métier mais « une mission », dont il s’acquitte avec toujours le même enthousiasme, à 61 ans. Parce que, s’il aime le cyclisme, Christian Prudhomme nourrit surtout sa passion de ses rencontres avec les élus et le public, vérifiant tout au long de l’année, en visitant chaque région de l’Hexagone, l’importance sociale de la Grande Boucle. Il était à l’évidence le mieux placé pour l’expliquer : le Tour, ce n’est pas que du vélo.

La Croix L’Hebdo : Comment le petit Parisien que vous étiez est-il tombé amoureux du Tour de France dès l’enfance ?

Christian Prudhomme : Sans doute grâce à mon père. Il était médecin et infirme à cause d’une tuberculose osseuse contractée quand il était enfant. Il avait donc une jambe qui, au niveau de la hanche, restait raide malgré plusieurs opérations, et il n’avait jamais pu faire de sport. En revanche, il suivait énormément les sports. En 1968, pendant les Jeux de Mexico, il avait réveillé toute la maison en criant de joie quand Colette Besson avait gagné le 400 mètres ! Il avait des classeurs dans lesquels il consignait les records de France, d’Europe et du monde en athlétisme. Il les a mis à jour quasiment jusqu’à la fin de sa vie. Il remplissait aussi des fiches sur le Tour de France, que j’ai commencé à suivre vraiment à partir de 1969, le premier Tour et la première victoire d’Eddy Merckx.

L’année d’après, en 1970, nous sommes allés voir les coureurs pour la première fois au col de Cou, en Haute-Savoie, où j’étais à la fois très heureux d’avoir vu passer le maillot jaune Eddy Merckx, mais très triste de ne pas avoir reconnu le maillot de Raymond Poulidor. Ensuite, tous les étés, le Tour scandait mes journées. On descendait le matin avec mon frère chez le marchand de journaux pour acheter L’Équipe, et mes parents étaient abonnés au Parisien. Je ne lisais pas tout d’un coup car j’en gardais un peu pour l’après-midi, avant le direct à la télévision, qui ne retransmettait alors que les 20 derniers kilomètres. Pour le reste, on suivait à la radio, notamment sur France Inter ondes moyennes, qui couvrait les 100 derniers kilomètres.

Tout s’est construit comme ça, par une écoute souvent en famille. Je me souviens ainsi, en 1972, côte à côte sur le canapé chez nous, de ma mère et de ma grand-mère paternelle, qui n’entretenaient pas toujours des relations parfaitement cordiales, mais qui encourageaient ensemble Cyrille Guimard dans l’étape du mont Revard, celle où Cyrille le malin chipe la victoire in extremis à un Merckx qui commence déjà à lever la main. Et là je me dis : mais c’est formidable, maman et mamie sont heureuses, toutes les deux, et c’est grâce au Tour, d’une certaine manière.

Vous êtes venu au journalisme par le Tour, avec l’idée de couvrir la course, ce qui arrive pour la première fois en 1995. Qu’est-ce qui vous marque alors, au contact de la réalité que vous découvrez comme suiveur et non plus en simple spectateur ?

C. P. : C’est effectivement le Tour qui m’a donné envie d’être journaliste, pour être témoin, pour raconter. Pour moi, la base du métier, c’est le reportage. Dire ce qu’on voit à des gens qui ne voient pas. Et ce que j’ai vu, sur mon premier Tour, c’est d’abord la mort d’un homme : l’Italien Fabio Casartelli, victime d’une terrible chute dans les Pyrénées. Je l’ai vu allongé, dans une position quasi fœtale, du sang sur la route. C’est forcément ce qui reste avant toute autre considération. Heureusement, c’est un fait rarissime sur le Tour de France.

S’ouvre ensuite un long moment de doute concernant le dopage, avec l’affaire Festina en 1998 et, à partir de 1999, la razzia de Lance Armstrong : comme commentateur, comment vivez-vous cette période ?

C. P. : Ça fait mal, évidemment. L’affaire Festina, ce fut un séisme. La suspicion autour des performances d’Armstrong, on l’entendait tous bien sûr, je ne vais pas vous dire le contraire. Après, c’est toujours la même histoire : tant qu’il n’y a pas de preuves, c’est évidemment compliqué. Et puis on se laisse aussi prendre par l’action. Comme en 2003, où, sur le plan sportif, c’est quasiment le seul Tour intéressant d’Armstrong, car il faisait face à la concurrence de Jan Ullrich. Le plus effrayant, pour moi, fut de voir qu’après la sidérante affaire Festina il a fallu des années, presque douze ans, pour que dans l’ensemble du monde du cyclisme, dans tous les pays, on arrive vraiment à une prise de conscience. C’était ça le plus terrible. Ensuite, il y a un avant et un après les aveux d’Armstrong.

Ce qui veut dire qu’aujourd’hui ce poids du doute ne vous pèse plus ?

C. P. : Ça n’a tout de même plus rien à voir avec le système qui existait dans les années 1990, ou ce que cela a pu être quand je suis arrivé à la direction du Tour aux côtés de Jean-Marie Leblanc, en 2004. Alors, oui, on n’est peut-être pas non plus dans un système de parangons de vertu – je ne parle pas seulement dans le cyclisme mais dans notre monde en général. C’est la nature humaine. Je me souviens de Valérie Fourneyron, qui était une remarquable ministre des sports des gouvernements Ayrault, et qui me disait : « C’est un combat quotidien, pied à pied, et qui ne s’arrête jamais. » Voilà. J’ai envie de vous dire : on vit avec.

La question environnementale a aussi émergé ces dernières années : le Tour, avec sa caravane et ses milliers de participants, peut-il vraiment coller à la « vertitude » ambiante ?

C. P. : Le Tour se nourrit des beautés de la France et n’a aucune envie de les abîmer. Ça fait des années et des années que, lorsque nous passons dans des territoires protégés, nous redoublons d’attention. Chaque Tour traverse une centaine de zones Natura 2000, sur lesquelles nous réalisons une étude d’incidence. Nous ne faisons pas non plus n’importe quoi quand nous traversons des parcs naturels nationaux. Nous sommes soumis à une réglementation. La caravane ne distribue rien dans ces sites, les vols d’hélicoptères sont très encadrés, il n’est pas possible d’aller n’importe où, dans des zones de nidification, etc.

Nous ne sommes pas parfaits. Et quand il y a des critiques parfois, elles peuvent nous aider, même si ça nous casse un peu les pieds. Mais cette attention à l’environnement, nous l’appliquons déjà depuis des années. L’évolution récente concerne la caravane, avec la diminution des emballages en plastique. Nous avons beaucoup travaillé là-dessus, et aussi sur les motorisations alternatives. Cette année, les voitures de l’organisation du Tour fonctionnent exclusivement en mode hybride ou électrique. Maintenant, difficile d’aller plus vite que la musique : à un moment, il faut bien se recharger quelque part, et je peux vous confirmer que c’est plus facile de le faire au Danemark, où nous serons pour trois étapes cette année, qu’en France.

Par ailleurs, il faut bien comprendre que le Tour est considéré à l’étranger comme le meilleur ambassadeur pour la pratique du vélo. Quand Londres accueille le Tour en 2007, c’est parce que le maire de la ville veut promouvoir l’usage de la bicyclette. Ainsi, c’est assez paradoxal de voir parfois des élus écolos en France qui nous critiquent, alors qu’à l’étranger ces mêmes écologistes nous prennent dans leurs bras.

Vous qui évoquez souvent le rapport aux élus comme la clé de voûte de votre mission, avez-vous été touché par la polémique déclenchée en 2020 par certains élus verts pointant la trop importante empreinte carbone du Tour ?

C. P. : C’est à la marge. Si vous tapez sur le Tour au mois de juillet, vous êtes sûr d’avoir un retour gagnant médiatiquement. Tout ça n’est pas sans calcul politique. Ce n’est pas seulement pour nous dire : « Eh, les gars, faites un effort. » Sinon on peut nous le dire hors du champ des caméras. Parfois, un coup de pied au cul, ça vous oblige effectivement à faire plus ou à accélérer. Mais voilà, combien compte-t-on de critiques ? Deux ou trois, quand tous les ans nous recevons environ 300 candidatures de cités qui veulent nous accueillir, pour une trentaine de places à peine sur le Tour.

Ce rapport aux élus et vos séjours fréquents dans les territoires vous offrent un poste d’observation unique. En quinze ans, comment avez-vous senti évoluer cette « France oubliée » ou cette « France périphérique » que l’on n’entendrait pas assez ?

C. P. : Je n’aime pas cette expression de « France périphérique ». Je préfère parler de la France rurale. Ce que j’ai pu constater ces dernières années, c’est qu’il y a davantage de fierté à recevoir le Tour qu’il y a dix ans. Tout simplement peut-être parce que là où il n’y a plus d’écoles, de médecins, de stations-service, de distributeurs de billets, le Tour passe encore. Dans le parcours, il faut trouver un équilibre sportif, visiter de grandes villes françaises et étrangères, mais aussi des villes moyennes et des petits villages. Je me souviens que nous avions fait un séminaire il y a quelque temps sur le thème du « Tour de mes rêves ». Et le fils de 10 ans de Stéphane Boury, notre collaborateur, patron des lignes d’arrivée, lui avait dit alors : « Papa, le Tour de mes rêves c’est celui qui passe devant chez moi. » Je n’ai jamais rien entendu de plus beau. Alors, nous essayons de faire en sorte, tous les cinq, six ou sept ans, d’aller visiter au moins une fois chacune des régions de France.

Il y a quelques mois, je me trouvais avec des élus de la Creuse. Le président du département, les députés, les maires de tous bords politiques, tous m’ont dit : « Ça fait plus de dix ans que vous n’êtes pas passé. » Et je me suis dit : « Ce n’est pas possible. Nous allons nous rattraper. » Parce que les gens sont ainsi sur la route, à nous dire : « Merci de venir chez nous », « Merci d’être là ». Le Tour, c’est une parenthèse d’insouciance dans un monde compliqué, rude, de plus en plus dur.

Encore une anecdote : en 2004, quand je rejoins comme adjoint Jean-Marie Leblanc, alors patron du Tour, nous sommes tous les deux dans la rue pour le Grand Départ à Liège, un monsieur l’accoste et lui dit : « Merci Monsieur pour ce que vous faites pour les petites gens. » Jean-Marie, qui venait d’un milieu modeste, était en arrêt au sens propre : « Tu te rends compte de ce qu’il m’a dit ! » J’étais d’ailleurs moi-même surpris quand je suis arrivé, car Jean-Marie me parlait beaucoup plus de l’aspect social du Tour que de la compétition ! C’est un truc hyperfort, et je n’ai pas mis longtemps à comprendre pourquoi. Avant même la compétition sportive, notre rôle, c’est d’apporter du bonheur, de l’émotion.

Le Tour doit toujours évoluer, s’interroger sur le spectacle qu’il propose, et vous avez beaucoup travaillé ces dernières années sur le parcours, la façon de dynamiser les étapes : est-ce nécessaire, dans une époque qui favorise la vitesse et les rebondissements incessants ?

C. P. : Le Tour étant une invention de journalistes, il a toujours été en phase avec les moyens de communication de son époque. La presse écrite l’a créé, la radio l’a popularisé, la télé le magnifie, et désormais, nous sommes évidemment avec les réseaux sociaux. Depuis quelques années, notamment durant la première semaine, c’est effectivement devenu une obsession avec mes adjoints d’aller chercher des endroits pour alimenter l’intérêt. Mais rien de plus normal, je crois.

Ensuite, question spectacle, un constat s’impose sur ces vingt dernières années : l’image a énormément progressé, le son quasiment pas. Avec un son meilleur, on se rendrait compte que n’importe quelle traversée d’agglomération – je le vois bien de ma voiture –, c’est de la folie furieuse. Les coureurs sont des funambules. Si le peloton n’était pas une masse informe et unique, mais si l’on pouvait sonoriser quelques-uns des 176 coureurs, le public découvrirait quelque chose d’extraordinaire. J’espère qu’un jour nous serons capables d’évoluer sur ce point.

Cette année, Netflix arrive sur le Tour pour réaliser un documentaire, à l’image de ce que la plateforme a fait pour la Formule 1. Était-ce inévitable de participer à cette « mise en série » des spectacles et événements quels qu’ils soient ?

C. P. : Cela devait se faire il y a deux ans, avant la pandémie. Pour moi, c’est totalement complémentaire des autres médias, et c’est aussi remettre l’aventure au goût du jour. En réalité, on peut difficilement imaginer l’aventure que vivent vraiment les cyclistes sur la Grande Boucle. Quand vous faites 200 km par jour, que vous avez peur de tomber une fois, trois fois, dix fois avec des traversées de communes rendues de plus en plus compliquées par des aménagements de plus en plus nombreux, que vous faites des descentes de cols à 90 ou 100 km/h sur des boyaux hyperfins, c’est une folle aventure en permanence, mais on ne le sent pas vraiment. Netflix va permettre d’éclairer cela, de découvrir de nouvelles facettes bien réelles mais rarement montrées, et ce sera diffusé avant le Tour des 120 ans, en 2023.

Vous parlez d’anniversaire, et on constate effectivement que le Tour évoque aussi de plus en plus son glorieux passé. C’était mieux avant ?

C. P. : Non, il ne s’agit pas de nostalgie. Si je tiens à raviver souvent la mémoire du Tour, c’est pour ne pas oublier nos racines. C’est important à mon sens, surtout dans un monde où tout va très vite, et où un événement en chasse un autre. On ne peut pas se projeter si on ne sait pas ce qui s’est passé avant. Connaître la légende du Tour, c’est indispensable. Alors, oui, nous fêtons des anniversaires, mais à côté de ces hommages, il y a aussi la découverte du col de la Loze entre Méribel et Courchevel, grimpé pour la première fois en 2020 ; la Planche des Belles Filles, dans les Vosges, qui est devenu un lieu quasi incontournable ; le col du Portet, dans les Pyrénées, en quelque sorte le nouveau Tourmalet.

C’est une question d’équilibre entre les mythes du Tour et les sites nouveaux qui prolongeront l’histoire. J’aime d’ailleurs particulièrement les étapes qui ont plusieurs niveaux de lecture. En 2014, le Tour a passé huit jours sur la ligne de front de la Première Guerre mondiale. Il y avait notamment une étape d’Arras à Amiens qui était celle des Australiens et des Néo-Zélandais, parce qu’elle passait devant une dizaine de cimetières où sont enterrés des jeunes venus en 1915 des antipodes pour donner leur vie à 20 ans. Et c’était très impressionnant.

Passons aux principaux acteurs : comment les coureurs ont-ils eux aussi évolué ?

C. P. : Leur profil a changé. Les taiseux d’hier, c’est quasiment terminé. Désormais, des coureurs tels Romain Bardet ou Guillaume Martin s’expriment très bien et avec des mots choisis. Ensuite, il y a un changement majeur ces dernières années avec des jeunes coureurs qui débarquent et qui peuvent être bons tout de suite. Avant, on évoquait un sport à maturation lente, l’excellence arrivant après l’âge de 30 ans. Ce n’est absolument plus le cas. Là, nous profitons d’une génération incroyable. Ce sont de jeunes champions qui ont pris le pouvoir tout de suite, et que je n’ai pas encore pu approcher à cause de la pandémie. Et le public non plus. Ce qui crée une certaine distance. Mais je pense qu’ils donneront eux aussi beaucoup d’émotions.

Le Tour 2022 sera-t-il d’ailleurs vraiment celui du retour à la normale après deux éditions sous bulle ?

C. P. : Il y aura des tests avant la course, des tests pendant les journées de repos, et pour approcher les coureurs, il faudra être masqué. Mais ce sont les seules contraintes qui resteront, avec un parking des équipes qui sera ouvert aux seuls journalistes. Après, les gens pourront toujours approcher les coureurs au pied du podium, ou avant le départ. Cet aspect populaire est absolument essentiel. Cette proximité, oui, elle va revenir.

Lourdes sera ville étape cette année pour la sixième fois depuis 1948, la troisième visite depuis que vous êtes directeur… C’est important pour vous ?

C. P. : Il y a deux choses. Si l’on revient cette année, c’est pour qu’on puisse aider la ville de Lourdes, qui s’est retrouvée sans pèlerins à cause de la pandémie. Le président du département et le maire de la cité nous ont demandé de venir. Après, j’ai longtemps eu comme seule certitude dans ma vie que mon père croyait en Dieu. Mon père est devenu médecin pour aider les autres. Mon parrain était prêtre, le parrain de mon frère était prêtre, ma sœur allait à Lourdes porter des brancards. Je ne suis plus catholique pratiquant, mais je ne suis pas insensible du tout à ce qui se fait.

Je vous avais appelé en 2018, au moment de l’étape de Lourdes, et vous étiez extrêmement ému…

C. P. : Oui, je le suis encore, et je le serai toujours… Quand on parle de Lourdes, je pense à la fois où nous y sommes allés avec mes parents, à ces trois jours où mon père, qui était toujours scotché à la radio, avait cette fois tout coupé. Avec le Tour, on va aussi aller à Rocamadour, et je ne peux pas être insensible à ce que cela représente. Ce qui m’a vraiment impressionné en 2018, c’est ce qu’on nous a demandé : que les malades soient devant, au pied du podium. Et c’était pour moi une évidence, puisque cela aurait pu être mon père…

Parler de Lourdes me fait également penser à François Fortassin, sénateur des Hautes-Pyrénées, que j’aimais beaucoup. Il est mort en 2017, un 15 mai, comme mon père. C’est peut-être un signe de son amour pour le Tour – et pour moi. Ma sœur est morte un 25 août, et donc la Libération de Paris, je la vois différemment aujourd’hui. Son petit-fils, qu’elle n’a pas connu à six jours près, est né le 31 août, le jour de la naissance de ma sœur, alors qu’il n’était prévu que le 17 septembre. De la même manière, mon frère est né un 26 juin alors que mon grand-père paternel était mort un 26 juin. Il y a des choses comme ça dans la vie, je ne sais pas si c’est le hasard ou pas. Chacun les interprète comme il veut, et vous voyez bien comment, à titre personnel, je peux les interpréter.

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Ses dates

1960. Naissance à Paris.

1985.Diplôme de l’École de journalisme (ESJ) de Lille, 59e promotion.

1988. Débute le journalisme sportif sur La Cinq.

1995. Première couverture du Tour de France pour Europe 1.

2001-2003. Commente le Tour pour France Télévisions.

2004.Rejoint comme adjoint le directeur du Tour de France Jean-Marie Leblanc.

2007. Devient directeur du Tour.

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Son lieu

Pailherols, dans le Cantal

« C’est un petit village de 150 habitants où une famille – les Combourieu – nous accueille dans un buron restauré, une maison où les agriculteurs préparaient le fromage. Ce sont des gens authentiques, qui ne se plaignent jamais, qui savent les vertus du travail. Et qui prennent toujours le temps de vous recevoir. Nous y allons très régulièrement depuis 2006. Nous allons randonner sur le Plomb du Cantal, et c’est fabuleux. »

Son film

L’Incompris, de Luigi Comencini (1966)

« J’avais été très frappé par ce film quand je l’ai vu à la fin des années 1970 : cette histoire d’un consul de Grande-Bretagne qui perd sa femme, a deux enfants et ne sait pas trop comment s’en occuper. Alors il se concentre sur le cadet, et le plus grand il le traite plutôt comme un adulte alors que c’est un enfant. Il y a une relation d’incompréhension tout à fait poignante. De l’incompréhension, on peut tous en rencontrer ou en générer dans sa vie. Le Tour me rapproche des autres mais m’éloigne des miens. Alors voilà pourquoi ce film-là. Peut-être ne l’aurais-je pas choisi il y a dix ans. »

Sa source

Mes parents

« Mes parents ont eu des enfants tard, du moins pour l’époque, à 38, 39 et 40 ans. Mais ils avaient encore suffisamment d’amour pour parrainer ma sœur adoptive, Simone, venue du Laos à partir de 1968. Nos parents nous ont tout donné, très clairement. Et ils m’ont mis devant les yeux très tôt l’importance de l’aspect social, même si je n’en avais pas conscience alors. C’est aussi la dimension la plus importante dans le Tour de France. »

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(Archives – Vidéo du 05/07/2019)

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At the Euro football championship, Les Bleues are aiming for a first major title



After the ripolining, the time of the consecration? It is a largely remodeled French football team which will set foot on English lawns in ten days for the next European Women’s Championship (from July 6 to 31). Exit Amandine Henry, the emblematic captain, Eugénie Le Sommer, the top scorer, or even Sarah Bouhaddi, the safe bet as goalkeeper. The last eighteen months have redesigned a wardrobe with more youthful features.

By force, one would be tempted to think, as the explanation does not seem to be to be found on the ground, where Amandine Henry, for example, was crowned European club champion with Lyon this season. The 30-year-old has especially paid for her public criticism of the coach, Corinne Deacon, whose mode of management of the group she had denounced in the fall of 2020 during the last World Cup, organized in France in 2019. Les Bleues had then left the World Cup from the quarter-finals, in a “utter chaos”,the midfielder was moved on Canal + : “I saw girls crying in their room, I was crying in my room. »

An exit which was added to several other criticisms, defender Wendie Renard pointing in particular to the “brutality” of the coach in a book published a few months after the failure of the World Cup. A new setback for a mature workforce, hunting for its first international trophy in a decade. Following the 2019 defeat, the coach stayed on and felt there was a lot to change. We can question it but we can also understand it, believes Yannick Chandioux, coach of Montpellier in the women’s first division. The team of 2015 and 2019 was collectively balanced, but it may have lacked strong individuals to make a difference. »

New generation

Talent, the new generation is full of it, carried by Marie-Antoinette Katoto, the most prolific striker of the last exercise with Paris-Saint-Germain – one of the two giants of French women’s football with Lyon – and of which she is already, at 23, the top scorer in history. The vice-champion of France joined the group two years ago, soon imitated by Clara Matéo, Melvine Malard or Selma Bacha, revealed during the last Tournoi de France, an international competition over three matches won by the Bleues last February.

For the list of players selected for the Euro, Corinne Deacon thus ticked twelve names who were not from the 2019 World Cup. “The news brings their passion. We have a lot of choice, there is a lot of competition, especially offensivelyconfides Griedge Mbock, experienced defender of the France team for nine years, according to whom the coach has adapted her management by showing herself “more open”.“There are a lot more exchanges (and) a little more flexibility, certainly”, Corinne Deacon had also assured Agence France-Presse in recent weeks.

” There is no more time to lose “

She nevertheless preferred to avoid some cohabitation problems by not retaining Kheira Hamraoui. The PSG player has been in trouble with certain club partners present in the selection since the attack she suffered in November 2021 and for which one of her teammates had been placed in police custody, finally lifted. The preparation for the Euro could also have been disrupted by the transfer window period. But Marie-Antoinette Katoto, the most sought after, has “made his decision” for next season, recently swept Deacon in a press conference.

These worries aside, the former coach of Clermont for men, where she became the first woman in this position in 2014, only aspires to one thing for this European championship: the title. ” There is no more time to lose “, she warned. Third nation in the Fifa ranking, Les Bleues will arrive among the favorites in England, as at the next World Cup in 2023 and then at the Paris Olympics a year later“one notch below Sweden, the United States or Japan”shade Yannick Chandioux. “These are advanced countries while we are still at the beginnings of women’s football in France. We could draw a parallel with the French team before Platini in the men’s category, which took a long time to win a title in the 1980s. The French will be able to rely on their good momentum: they have just scored a thirteenth victory in a row during their first warm-up match. Before a second against Vietnam, Friday July 1, in Orléans.

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The list of 23 Blues

The France team will be opposed, during the group stage of the Euro, to Italy (July 10), Belgium (July 14) and Iceland (July 18).

Babysitters: Mylène Chavas, Justine Lerond, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

Defenders: Selma Bacha, Hawa Cissoko, Sakina Karchaoui, Griedge Mbock, Ève Perisset, Wendie Renard, Marion Torrent, Aïssatou Tounkara.

Environments : Charlotte Bilbault, Kenza Dali, Grace Geyoro, Ella Palis, Sandie Toletti.

Forwards: Sandy Baltimore, Delphine Cascarino, Kadidiatou Diani, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Melvine Malard, Clara Matéo, Ouleymata Sarr.

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Tour de France: Jonas Vingegaard, the discreet champion who threatens the hegemony of Tadej Pogacar



No, he hasn’t changed. Boy of habits in Hillerslev, the small city of 15,000 inhabitants in the northwest of Denmark where he grew up and where he still lives, with his wife Trine and his daughter Frida. Quiet father at 25, who does not like to put himself forward. Except that Jonas Vingegaard is cycling champion, at the start of the Tour de France 2022 in Copenhagen, a year after his surprise second place on the Grande Boucle.

So, even if he says to himself ” always the same “, he was well aware that he was no longer quite in the eyes of others at the time of the presentation of his Jumbo-Visma team this Wednesday, June 29 in the Scandinavian capital. As soon as his name is pronounced by the announcer, the crowd applauds him wildly and chants “Vingegaard, Vingegaard! ».

The young man, all upset, takes off his anti-Covid mask to greet his supporters and sheds a small tear. Of the ten Danish riders present during this 109e edition of the Tour, it is now the most awaited. At the top if possible.

The advantages of the Jumbo-Visma

In the favorites, Jonas Vingegaard? Without a doubt. The most capable in any case, with his teammate Primoz Roglic, of threatening the superb of a Tadej Pogacar that everyone already imagines in yellow in Paris. The two friends of the Dutch formation Jumbo-Visma promise in any case to make common cause to bring down the ogre who intends to devour a third consecutive Tour.

Last year, Primoz Roglic was alone in charge of the team before several falls forced him to retire. Jonas Vingegaard had taken up the torch, successfully. This year, the Jumbo becomes a two-headed hydra. “We are stronger together”, swears Jonas Vingegaard. His teammate brushes aside questions about ego management: “I don’t care who wins. It’s a team sport. We try to do our best with what we have. »

And the Jumbo-Visma have a lot, with also the Belgian Wout Van Aert chasing the green jersey in the points classification. The team impresses. It remains to be seen if she does not run the risk of running too many hares at once.

Dispersion is not what UAE Emirates, the collective in the service of Tadej Pogacar, fears. Rather considered a lonely man during his first two successes in 2020 and 2021, the 23-year-old Slovenian now has a largely reinforced team. Who will be responsible for protecting it throughout a tricky first week, before putting the artist into orbit.

Last year, Tadej Pogacar had almost closed the debates from the first alpine stage at Grand-Bornand. Repeat again this time from the nasty Col du Granon on the 11e stage ? Dubbed the legitimate heir by Eddy Merckx, the Slovenian does look like a cannibal.

Crumbs for the other suitors

The other contenders seem reduced to picking up only the crumbs. The French in particular, who in any case have decided to limit their ambitions. Stages, why not, but the general classification, very little for me. This is the disinhibiting speech of a Thibaut Pinot who returns to the Tour as a simple teammate of the leader of his Groupama-FDJ formation, the climber David Gaudu. Romain Bardet also appears ” released “for a Tour that was not originally on his program.

To jostle for the podium, it is rather necessary to look on the side of Ineos Grenadiers. The British team has been missing out in recent years, but it has a good arsenal: Geraint Thomas, 36, former winner of the Tour (in 2018), is animated by a new breath after his recent success in the Tour de Suisse; Adam Yates, he would see himself much higher than his 4th place in 2016. The Russian Aleksandr Vlasov, 26 years old and rather efficient since the start of the season (3e of the Tour of the Basque Country and 1er of the Tour de Romandie), and the Australian Ben O’Connor, 4th last year, complete the picture. But on the edges of the frame, far from the main subject: Tadej Pogacar.

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Football: image rights at the heart of a legal dispute between former players and Panini vignettes



The Panini stickers, known to all young football fans, are at the heart of a legal battle between former players against Panini and the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP), the players’ union.

Fifteen professional football players who have played in Ligue 1 or Ligue 2 have taken Panini France to court. They consider that the use of their image rights, ceded to the company by the UNFP, is illegal.

“There is no more consent”

The former French international Jérôme Rothen, passed by the PSG, but also lesser known players like Nicolas Dieuze, Tripy Makonda, Vincent Bessat or Pierre Ducasse filed a complaint against the company which manufactures the famous stickers, last October. The case is now in the hands of the Paris court, which is examining the case on Wednesday June 30.

For mee Élie Dottelonde, lawyer at the Paris bar and counsel to these players, “The UNFP, via the professional football charter, monopolizes the right to market their image”. When several players from several teams are represented, “there is no longer any concept of consent” individual, he explains to AFP, the management of rights falling to the UNFP.

The lawyer also deplores the“opacity” of the union, which “holds the monopoly of the image rights of the players and derives profits from it”through a contract with Panini. “The amounts of these contracts do not show”, he points out. But the players do not draw from it, on their side, “only 150 to 200 € per year”depending on whether they play in Ligue 1 or 2. A consideration deemed “ridiculous”“compared to the millions of euros of turnover achieved by Panini” and the sums “unknowns” affected by the UNFP.

“Small Reward”

For UNFP lawyers, this “little reward” of players only constitutes“a small advantage in all those whose (professional players) benefit thanks to the union: end-of-career savings, actions for young footballers”. And the sums collected by the syndicate “are only a source of budget for the UNFP”.

For Panini, football – excluding special editions, not governed by contracts with the UNFP – “represents only 10% of turnover”, assures Alain Guerrini. At the head of Panini France for more than 40 years, he recalls “the importance of complying with the law and respecting existing agreements”like the one linking Panini to the UNFP in the use of players’ images.

First complaint

“Everything is done legally”he assures. “We are surprised by these actions, which came much after the fact (most of the complainants were no longer professional players), the players could not ignore” that they were reproduced on the thumbnails, since they received the albums, insists Alain Guerrini.

During their career, “none of them ever complained” with Panini on questions of image rights. “Only once did a player not wish to be reproduced. He told us about it, and he didn’t..

For Panini, contractual relations with the UNFP are “confidently and transparently”. “Everything has been working very well for several years”recalls Alain Guerrini, hoping that justice will reinforce these contractual links.

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The 2024 Paris Olympics presents the “Cultural Olympiad”



“This is a unique opportunity to show the best of France. » Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, presents the next Olympic Games as an opportunity to marry the best of sport with the best of culture. For this 33rd edition, the organizers have created the “Cultural Olympiad”, a program of activities exploring the links between sport and culture from summer 2022 until September 2024.

This programming is based in particular on collaboration between artistic establishments and sports disciplines. As such, several emblematic places are associated with the famous events of the Olympic Games: the ephemeral Grand Palais hosts judo, archery takes place at the Invalides, horse riding at the Palace of Versailles, or even beach volleyball. at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Making sport and culture shine

The “Cultural Olympiad” explains that it is based on a demanding coherence of artistic and sporting proposals. In total, there are more than 346 projects present in more than 334 cities, including more than a hundred events for the capital alone, with a traveling puzzle game bringing together four national museums (Orsay, the Louvre, the Center Pompidou and the Musée du Quai-Branly) but also the preparation of an artistic performance by the XY company, choreographed by Rachid Ouramdane, at the Théâtre de Chaillot.

This selection also extends to other cities: Seine-Saint-Denis relies on eight cultural structures to bring sport to life internationally, such as the National Dance Center in Pantin or the New Theater in Montreuil. In Saint-Cloud, a major popular concert is announced representing the five continents of the music scene, with the support of the Rock en Seine festival.

In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Philharmonie de Paris is relocating to bring together musicians from Seine-Saint-Denis and Marseille for a concert unique in France. Many free events will also be organized, particularly in less favored regions of France in terms of cultural facilities. According to the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, this universalist and aesthetic approach to sport meets three objectives: “surprise, move and unite. »

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Companies: supporting the retraining of high-level sportswomen



It has now been a year since Alexia Dubié left the floors of professional basketball to devote herself to her professional retraining in the field of fashion. She launched her online sales site for women’s ready-to-wear, jewelry, accessories and everyday objects in March 2022. Next objective: to open a physical store, within one to two years.

It was to be accompanied in her first steps as an entrepreneur that she decided to follow the mentoring program just created by Banque Palatine, which specializes in supporting ETIs (mid-sized companies) for sportswomen. high level preparing for their retraining. And this just two years before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and while Olympic Day was held at the Stade de France on Sunday June 26.

Men convert better than women

“Women’s sport in general, and high-level sport in particular, is under-reported compared to men’s competitions, regrets Patrick Ibry, Deputy CEO of Banque Palatine. This situation is somewhat the mirror of professional life, where women leaders are still in the minority. »

The observation is also confirmed in professional sports retraining. “Men manage to convert better than women, notes former professional cyclist Séverine Desbouys, who co-created the program alongside Patrick Ibry. Athletes do not value their high-level career as much as sportsmen, once the competition is over. I don’t know if it’s a cultural obstacle, but in fact, we designed this program to “dare” with and for them, so that their backgrounds and skills constitute the basis for the success of their project”. continues the one who created DSC, a consulting firm in strategy and economic intelligence.

Alexia Dubié is part of the first promotion. “Entrepreneurship has always appealed to me, she remembers, but putting it into practice is complicated, and I feel the need to benefit from the experience of mentors and to acquire skills. »

Sporting world and business world

On the program for these nine months of mentoring: skills assessment, collective workshops to acquire the basics of entrepreneurship, individual meetings to deepen and communicate on your own project, start to weave your new professional network… “We help them get to know each other, also depending on their sporting discipline…”, emphasizes Séverine Desbouys. In his eyes, the parallel between the world of sport and the world of business speaks volumes. “An athlete is a business in itself. Like the entrepreneur, he needs to surround himself with a good team, and everything is played out for him in action, on the ground. Both also need to know how to bounce back from failure. »

As in the life of a high-level athlete, the pace of the program is intended to be sustained and adapted to the needs of each athlete, depending in particular on whether she has already ended her career or is still in the world of competition.

This is the case of Coralie Gassama, an international sprinter who has not yet hung up her shoes. “Entrepreneurship, I didn’t know what it was two years ago, but I realize that it fits very well with my personality and my training in sports management. I want to optimize everything, to maximize my chances as soon as possible,” says this athlete who created protective insoles for athletic spikes.

Company codes

Each sportswoman benefits in particular from the advice of the mentors of the program. Anne-Flore Maman Larraufie is one of them. This Saint-Cyrienne converted into civilian life, who also accompanies former officers, knows what she is talking about. “In the army, you are told what to do, how and when… When you find yourself in a more ‘classic’ world, you feel a little helpless, less surrounded. Not to mention the codes and language of business creation…”, testifies the one who is today director of the MBA Business School at Essec. She shows her ambition to “to challenge the projects of sportswomen, to ask unpleasant questions to make them progress, like a trainer”.

Acquiring the codes of the company is essential, adds Françoise Derolez, at Grant Alexander – a recruitment and consulting firm –, also a mentor. “You have to know how to reach a market, adapt your project if the first results are not up to par…” This spirit of transmission “speaks” to sportswomen. “As a former playmaker, the notion of team is central to me”, insists Alexia Dubié. As for Coralie Gassama, if she sprints individually, she is no less “surrounded by caregivers, a coach, his family – without whom we can do nothing…”

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Swimming: at the Budapest Worlds, the French team pulls its head out of the water



Blue swimming again tells great stories. With an enterprising little prince of just 20 years old, a dashing knight barely taller, and a few squires with emerging or persevering talent. It hadn’t happened for a long time. About ten years. The page seems to have turned after the dark period framed by disillusionment and internal settling of accounts at the Rio Games in 2016 and the rickety harvest of the Tokyo Games last year (a single medal, in silver, for Florent Manaudou ).

Encouraging results

With eight medals, including two gold, the Blues 2022 finished the world championships in the Budapest basin this Saturday, June 25, ranking just behind the 2013 winners (nine medals, including four gold). But with 19 finals in total, including 16 individually, they equaled the record of the 2011 Worlds in Shanghai.

“We can congratulate ourselves on this, but we must know how to keep reason, comments Denis Auguin, the team leader of the Blues. Firstly because these championships only showed a relatively modest level, with many swimmers absent in this post-Olympic year, then because we sometimes win medals from nothing, the races always tipping on the right side for us, which will not always happen. So, more than the medals, I especially remember the ability of our swimmers to go fast when it counts, their progress and their desire. It is really encouraging. »

A star is born

The trigger for this dynamic is called Léon Marchand, who propelled himself to the top twice, in gold in the 400 and 200 m medley. Quite a number for the Toulousain who has been away for ten months to refine his emerging excellence in the United States, with coach Bob Bowman, the mentor of the giant Michael Phelps, the most successful champion in Olympic history (23 times in gold between 2004 and 2016). The man is good advice, no doubt, especially on the management of repeated races. Léon Marchand also won silver in the 200m butterfly. The international federation has, suddenly, awarded him the title of best swimmer of the Worlds.

A star is born, no doubt, but she is not the only one in the blue sky. At 23, Maxime Grousset, at the foot of the 100m freestyle podium in Tokyo, won silver this time, before bronze in the 50m freestyle. Third in the 50m backstroke, the young Analia Pigrée, 20, also confirmed that a new generation had to be reckoned with. But not only.

Marie Wattel, 25, vice-world champion in the 100m butterfly, and especially Mélanie Henique, 29, silver in the 50m butterfly eleven years after her first world podium in 2011 (bronze), prove “that a real group has been formed, a collective that benefits from the energy of young people and the experience of managersemphasizes Denis Auguin. Even Florent Manaudou, if he did not shine in this year of transition for him (eliminated in the semi-finals, editor’s note), perfectly played his role as captain”.

Refine the relays again

Accentuating the momentum started is obviously the objective for the coming months, with the Paris 2024 Games in sight already in everyone’s mind. These Worlds validate the work accomplished, in particular by Jacco Verhaeren, the Dutch technician appointed director of the French teams last summer. “We know that the base is sound, that the quality is there, but there is no question of falling into euphoriawarns Julien Issoulié, the national technical director of the French Federation. 80% of the team is there, but young talents can still integrate it. In particular, we must increase the density of our relays, so as not to have the best swim in all the races. And also learn to better manage the sequence of events. »

The international calendar, constantly upset since the pandemic, does not make things easier. In August, the European Championships are already looming in Rome. Then will come in July 2023 the Worlds in Fukuoka (Japan) postponed for a year and cause the delay of the following Worlds in Qatar at the beginning of 2024, therefore before the Games. “It will not be the most important for us, except to qualify our relaysannounces Julien Issoulié. The management of the next two seasons remains a real challenge, and everyone in the team is aware of it: it will swim much faster in Paris, and what we have done there is only the beginning. »

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The contribution of Jacco Verhaeren, the Dutch expert

To no longer experience the parochial quarrels so frequent in French swimming, the management of the French teams was entrusted in June 2021 to the Dutch expert Jacco Verhaeren, 53, craftsman for years of the excellence of Australian swimming. . “He brings us serenity in decision-making, with a very neutral and very pragmatic look at French swimming.explains the DTN Julien Issoulié. He assessed our system and assured us that we did not have to feel very below the flagship countries. This allows us to perpetuate certain parameters and focus on what remains to be improved. In particular teamwork, which will have to deal with increasing pressure until the Paris Games. »

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Montpellier sparkles and offers its first title of champion of France



What had not been said of this final of the Top 14 2022 before its two actors opened the ball! That the show would certainly not enter the dance as the little music played by Castres or Montpellier this season, to be effective, was nonetheless deprived of momentum. That the style of play of the two clubs, quite similar, too often left the defense the baton of conductor, abandoning the solos of artists and other hectic flights.

It must therefore be a question of boredom, after a necessarily padlocked part. In short, the return to a combat rugby allegedly out of fashion since the eventful partitions imposed in recent years by the Toulouse Stadium or La Rochelle. Except that even before the doors close, the Montpellier residents have broken all the locks.

Maximum intensity and accuracy of gestures

Three essays in six short minutes, chained staccato, just to hammer home what no one wanted to see: “We showed that we also knew how to play rugby”, barely underlined the match concluded Philippe Saint-André, the coach of Montpellier and former coach of the France team (from 2011 to 2015). Maximum intensity, control of the races, accuracy of the gestures, everything was condensed there.

A show of strength. Like an inverted sequence from the 2018 final between the same two teams, and which had turned into a nightmare for Montpellier, who were nevertheless then favorites (victory for Castres, 29-13). This time, Castres had the favor of the forecasts, and it was the Tarnais who in turn missed out on their final, at least for a first half during.

Leading 23-3 at the break, Montpellier had told the essentials, satisfied this desire for revenge that the club had taken care not to summon just in case. Unnecessary precaution. If the second half of the debates was dominated by Castres, Montpellier remained camped on its bases, rediscovering its science of barbed wire training. Brilliant to begin with, solid and united to finish, the Montpellier residents have repainted their blurred image in a single evening in recent years.

The strength of a collective

That of a club too rich to be honest since the arrival of billionaire Mohed Altrad as majority shareholder in 2011, driven above all by its foreign stars, as during the gleaming 2018 season when its big South African arms had moved everything during the season before falling on the last step of the final. A trauma for the club, which therefore took four years to recover, losing its luster but gaining a more modest collective of “hungry”, as summarized by Philippe Saint-André, also a craftsman of the recovery since his arrival at the controls he 18 months ago.

The appetite of the hungry was revealed on Friday evening: they devoured Castres as soon as the banquet began. The pride of offering the club the first title in its history was on everyone’s lips after the final whistle. We got spat on, we supposedly had no identity, and that’s what forged the whole groupsaid scrum-half Benoît Paillaugue. I don’t know if all this will be erased, but I think Montpellier will be a little more respected.”. Without a doubt.

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Rugby: Montpellier to conquer its first title of champion of France



A “remake”, but not a revenge. Since the start of this week which has led them, Friday June 24, to the final of the French rugby championship against Castres, at the Stade de France, the Montpellier residents have been spreading the message. To convince themselves of this, the people of Hérault have a few arguments. Of their workforce, only a handful were from the lost final, in 2018, against these same Castres, in the scenario of the season.

Dominating the season four years ago, Montpellier Hérault Rugby already seemed to hold the Top 14 cup with one hand, finally snatched by a Castres Olympique tumbling into the final after finishing the exercise in sixth position. This year, the roles have been rebalanced: the turn of Castres to approach the last step in the costume of leader, against Montpellier certainly second in the championship, but who come back from afar.

Bad reputation

The defeat in the 2018 final had left traces and a disappointment commensurate with the means deployed to achieve it. In 2011, a few weeks before its first Top 14 final, the club was bought by French billionaire Mohed Altrad. A team of new rich then set up, without “Being consistent in high performance for ten, eleven years”, acknowledged current coach Philippe Saint-André at a press conference last week. For these galactics from Montpellier, the failure of 2018 is then experienced as ” a trauma “, does he slip The cross. Consequence: in the winter of 2021, the club is on the verge of relegation. As if to remind the institution “to its young history”, and the players “to humility”, considers Philippe Saint-André, to whom then returns the sign of providential man.

That year, the former winger of the XV of France (69 selections in the 1990s) will get away with a tenth place and even a trophy at the European Challenge, the “small” European cup of the oval ball. Six years after his time as coach of the France team, concluded by elimination in the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup against the All Blacks, and a decade after his departure from Toulon, Saint-André had taken advantage of his good understanding with Mohed Altrad to find a coaching bench. The two men have known each other since the failed takeover attempt by the entrepreneur of the English club Gloucester, in the early 2000s, when the former player had begun his conversion. “In addition to his financial contribution, Mohed also gives a lot of his person, he is involved in the project which aims to give back space to the training center”, supports Philippe Saint-André.

A referee in the staff

If the group seems more solid in the game this season, certain weaknesses still surface. Like their setback in the European Cup against Leinster last January, the heaviest ever suffered by a tricolor club in the competition. To continue his recovery, the manager was able to count on a “very complementary staff”.

In addition to his two assistants Jean-Baptiste Élissalde and Olivier Azam, recently extended, like him, until 2025, the technician notably surrounded himself with the former referee Alexandre Ruiz. A reinforcement that is part of the new trend of clubs to attach the services of ex-whistle attendants. All the more effective as the Montpellier owed in part their defeat in 2018 to their too many faults, offering penalties to Castres who did not ask for so much.

“The MHR was a very penalized team, this is no longer the case. You also enter into the psychology of the referee. It helps the players to know what level of aggression to put, to better manage these interventions, ” explained this week to The Team former Hérault player Benjamin Fall, in the losing side four years ago.

But if the emotional parameter can finish making Montpellier look like the favorite, Friday evening, on the occasion of the last match of his career for Guilhem Guirado, Philippe Saint-André applies for his part to “be careful” so that victory, synonymous with the first shield of Brennus, like defeat, does not start again “the stability of the club” : We are creating a different story. So yes, recruitment is less flamboyant, but we take second division guys, who come for the sports project, people who are already good people. »

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Tensions in the organizing committee of the Rugby World Cup

A survey published Wednesday, June 22 by The Team shed light on the deleterious climate reigning within the organizing committee of the next Rugby World Cup, which will take place in France at the start of the 2023 school year. The Ministry of Sports immediately contacted the labor inspectorate on the basis of“worrying factors” reported by the committee’s 70 employees. About fifteen members suffer, according to their testimony to the sports daily, a “management by terror”. “At the moment, at least six of them are off work, most of them for overwork, anxiety and depression…”, adds the newspaper, while” around twenty “ have already left their post.

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