Paris 2024 Olympics: a summit on budget and security organized at the Élysée

The budget and security are on the menu of the “site meeting” organized Monday, July 25 by Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace in view of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. At two years almost to the day of the deadline (July 26 -August 11, 2024), a dozen ministers will work around the Head of State, including Bruno Le Maire (economy), Gérald Darmanin (interior), Sébastien Lecornu (defense), Pap Ndiaye (national education) or the Minister of sports and the Olympic Games Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.

But for the moment nothing has filtered out of what could come out of such an interministerial meeting. The goal “will be for the ministers to take stock, and possibly mark the points of fragility”assures the Elysée.

“Very stretched on the budget”

The budget issue is one of the worrying elements. A report by the audit committee of the organizers of the Olympic Games (Cojo) recently mentioned the risk of inflation, “unimaginable a few months ago” had regretted the boss of the Cojo, Tony Estanguet, and to which the Olympics do not escape, under the effect in particular of the war in Ukraine.

According to a source familiar with the matter who confided in AFP, “they are very stretched in terms of budget” to keep their envelope of 4 billion euros (ticketing, sponsors and contribution of the IOC), a budget which benefits from the guarantee of the State.

The Cojo is already in negotiations with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to try to get out of certain constraints of the specifications which are costing it dearly. “Without that, they will not succeed”decrypts a former elected official with knowledge of the file.

Recruitment in tension

Other issues are expected to be addressed on Monday such as Games-related employment. Recruitment, in a context of labor shortage, is a factor of concern, especially in sectors already under strain – construction, drivers for the transport of goods or people, hotels and restaurants… Paris 2024 claims 150,000 jobs mobilized by the event.

The subject of transport is also a subject in its own right, as is the question of safety, which will be on everyone’s mind. Chance of the calendar, this meeting falls five days after the disclosure by the weekly The chained Duck a provisional report from the Court of Auditors, devoted to the security of the Olympics.

The sages of rue Cambon identify several areas of concern shared by security sources, ranging from the securing of the opening ceremony with its unprecedented staging on the Seine, to the lack of private security agents, or the risks of terrorism and cyberattacks. For the Court of Auditors, the copy is still to be reviewed, considering in particular that a “more precise definition of security needs is becoming urgent”.

Get the French to join

And ever since the incidents in the Champions League final at the Stade de France on May 28, doubts have arisen over France’s ability to secure such an event.

Another stage point is planned with the elected officials ” in September “, with the town hall of Paris, the Île-de-France region, the elected officials of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, bordering the capital, or the French Olympic Committee (Cnosf). It will again be a question of working on these issues, but also of bearing the concern for the legacy that the event must leave, or even the avenues to make the French adhere to these Olympic Games.



Tour de France: Vingegaard at the top

The ground was conducive to a final tussle between the first two in the general classification this Thursday, July 21. At the end of the last high mountain stage in this Tour de France, made up of two hors category passes, it was the yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard who won. He won his second victory on the tour and at the same time won the best climber’s polka dot jersey.

At the end of the 143 kilometers separating Lourdes from the summit of Hautacam at 1,520 meters above sea level, the yellow jersey crossed the finish line in front of his opponent Tadej Pogacar and his teammate Wout van Aert, without having shown the slightest difficulty. At the same time, he ensures that he finishes in yellow on the Champs-Élysées, barring a last-minute incident.

A noble fight between the two champions

The same duel as the day before was played out between the two favorites from the second half of the second pass (without a teammate for either of them this time). Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) harassed his opponent by attacking him several times in a row in the Col de Spandelles. Despite his insistence, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) did not relax his attention and adapted to each of his accelerations.

The Slovenian didn’t just challenge him uphill. By wanting to stick to his wheel and ignoring safety distances, Jonas Vingegaard put himself in danger on the descent. But Tadej Pogacar himself left the road a few meters lower. On his return to the wheel of the yellow jersey, the handshake exchanged between the two risk-taking enthusiasts did not symbolize a non-aggression pact.

The peace respected in the rest of the descent has indeed crumbled in the last climb, where Sepp Kuss, teammate of the yellow jersey imposed a hellish pace. The powerful tempo during this pass of arms, made it possible to catch up with the breakaway composed of Wout van Aert and Philippe Martinez. In the end, it was the yellow jersey that proved to be the most enduring and a single attack was enough to outrun its runner-up as it approached the finish line.

An imperial green jersey

But it is indeed Wout van Aert who will mark the spirits at the end of this stage. The Belgian from the Jumbo Visma team attacked from the start. In a small breakaway, he crossed the first summit (col d’Aubisque) in third position before leading the dance on the second ascent and crossing the summit in the lead.

Already assured since the day before of winning the green jersey of best sprinter (provided he finishes the Tour), the Belgian has not calmed down his pedal strokes. However, he was not the best climber in the breakaway, but he was the one who led his two opponents (Thibaut Pinot and Philippe Martinez), without any relay in the climb of the second pass.

After waiting for his teammate for the yellow jersey, he will finally be left behind by the two favorites in the last kilometers of the last ascent. The quality of his performance earned him third place and the prize for the most combative runner.

Bardet downgraded, Gaudu promoted

The two French present in the top 10 will not have managed to keep pace. David Gaudu, in fifth position, after having cracked a little at the start, still snatched fourth place in the general classification, relegating Nairo Quintana to fifth.

At the back, Romain Bardet was once again expected by two of his teammates, but that was not enough. The Frenchman tumbles two places and is now in eighth position in the general classification.

The end of the Tour promises to be calmer and even the time trial on Saturday cannot upset the top of the classification where Jonas Vingegaard now has a lead of nearly 3 mn 30 over the nearest pursuer. The final finish will take place on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday July 24.



Tour de France: Bob Jungels wins at the top

The French are still waiting to see one of theirs raise their arms at the finish in this Tour de France. But a Luxembourger, Bob Jungels, gave AG2R-Citroën the first victory for a French team in this edition, on Sunday July 10. He won solo in Châtel, Haute-Savoie, at the end of the 9th stage, 192.9 kilometers long, which started in Aigle, Switzerland.

The soloist was first part of a group of 21 breakaways, before giving up on the slopes of the Col de la Croix, the first of two first category climbs of this alpine day, more than 60 kilometers from the goal. . Briefly joined by the German Simon Geschke at the top, he then widened the gap on the descent, then in the next valley.

Jungels resisted Pinot

On the slopes of the Pas de Morgins, the second big difficulty of the day, Bob Jungels then resisted the offensive of Thibaut Pinot who closed at around twenty seconds. On the finish line, the Luxembourger preceded Spaniards Jonathan Castroviejo and Carlos Verona by 22 and 26 seconds. Pinot eventually took fourth place.

Aged 29, Bob Jungels won the Tour for the first time. Recruited for 2021 by the team of Vincent Lavenu, he had to be operated on last year for the iliac artery. He only recovered his level late, during the Tour de Suisse (6th). Its triumph contrasts with the distress of its leader, the Australian Ben O’Connor, who has been suffering for several days. The last victory of a Luxembourger on the Tour dated back to 2011 and the success of Andy Schleck.

Pogacar remains in yellow

The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE), at the head of the group of favorites, kept the yellow jersey, winning 5th place in the sprint. This stage was also marked, before the start, by the abandonment of the Frenchman Guillaume Martin, 14th in the general classification, positive for Covid-19. After a rest day on Monday July 11, the Tour will resume its course in Morzine on Tuesday July 12 for the 10th stage.

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Tour de France: the Pogacar yellow jersey wins the 7th stage at the top of the Planche des Belles Filles

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE), wearing the yellow jersey, won the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday July 8, at the top of the Super Planche des Belles Filles, in the Vosges mountains.

This is a second consecutive victory for Pogacar in this Tour de France. This time he narrowly edged the Dane Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) in the first finish at the top of the race. Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) takes third place. Despite their efforts, Frenchmen David Gaudu and Romain Bardet finished sixth and eighth respectively.

General classification changes

Both however climb in the general classification since David Gaudu climbs to fifth position, just ahead of his compatriot Romain Bardet. The top of the ranking is changing slightly: if the young Tadej Pogacar, double title holder, keeps his yellow jersey (and his white jersey as the best young player), it is now the Dane Jonas Vingegaard who is second to him, with 35 seconds behind. The Briton Geraint Thomas climbed to the third step of the podium.

The former yellow jersey Wout van Aert keeps the green jersey of best sprinter on his shoulders and is now more than 18 minutes behind the leader of the classification. The polka dot jersey goes to Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen, who was particularly combative in the two previous events.



Beijing Olympics: Quentin Fillon Maillet, a perfectionist at the top of Olympus

The race of the individual, in biathlon, is the one that suits him the least. The athletes do not start at the same time but start every thirty seconds. There is no direct confrontation. “I find it difficult to transcend myself. I need to hear the others nearby, on the firing line,” explained two weeks ago.

→ THE FACTS. Beijing 2022 Olympics: Quentin Fillon Maillet wins the first French gold in biathlon

We think back to these words when, after more than 48 minutes of racing, Quentin Fillon Maillet crosses the line at the Zhangjiakou stadium, collapses in the snow, his cheek frosty, then gets up and crosses his fingers. He is provisional Olympic champion. The Norwegian Johannes Boe (3rd) is more than thirty seconds away. It was the turn of Belarusian Anton Smolski (2nd) to finish, he failed at fourteen seconds. It’s done. Quentin Fillon Maillet is Olympic champion, a first gold medal for France in China.

Built in the wake of Martin Fourcade

The 29-year-old from the Jura is not the world’s number one this season for nothing. In three days, this is the second Olympic medal he has won, after the silver in the relay on Saturday. A brilliant start, four years after a painful fortnight in PyeongChang: his partner was battling cancer, and his stepfather died.

Author of an 18/20 in shooting, the Frenchman had to compensate with supersonic speed on skis, to win ahead of Smolski (zero fault). Each error is penalized by one minute. “I never imagined being able to hope for victory,” he reacts.

→ PORTRAIT. Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, a child and already two medals at the Beijing Olympics

Quentin Fillon Maillet has been close to excellence for a few years, but has long remained in the shadow of Martin Fourcade. “It was built in its wake, little by little”, notes the team director, Stéphane Bouthiaux. The five-time Olympic champion, retired in 2020, was on the edge of the Zhangjiakou track on Tuesday, much less windy than last Saturday, to congratulate him. Symbolic handover.


While Martin Fourcade took the light, “QFM” climbed the ladder in silence. For three years now, he has finished third overall in the World Cup. The new champion of the Blues is known for his unfailing requirement. In the team, we say of him that he is a “ultra-perfectionist”. “His victory is the victory of work”, greets Vincent Vittoz, director of the men’s team.

For example, he spent hours designing his own rifle, which he built himself, thanks to his know-how acquired in industrial design studies. “He is always looking for the little beast, to optimize everything”, confirms Simon Desthieux (17th). Sometimes it’s almost too much adds Fabien Claude (9th). But that is its strength. He puts a lot of expectations on himself, and he achieves them. »

“He was only talking about that”

His daily life is punctuated by this mastery. Even in food: he tries to eat as little as possible “processed products”. And don’t mess with training: “I will always train with a goal, it has to bring me something. Often I try to do 5 km more than usual. It builds character. »

By force, the character is well tempered. “QFM”, discreet outside of skis, hates losing. “Saturday, in the sprint, Johannes Boe played with me, that annoyed me a bit, so it was a bit of my revenge. » On Monday and Tuesday, his teammates heard him repeat: “I’m here to win. » «He was just talking about that.” smiles Simon Desthieux. His relatives assure him: the Jura is never satisfied. “He is Olympic champion tonight, but in the next race, it will be forgotten. He will want to look for her. warns Stéphane Bouthiaux. See you on Saturday for the sprint test.



Tour de France 2021: Tourmalet, the myth still at the top

Another, the last, of this Tour de France 2021. With, in this final mountain stage this Thursday, July 15, a myth that does not flinch, which eternally imposes: the Tourmalet. For one hundred and eleven years and the first stunned assaults of the valiant Octave Lapize, the giant of the Pyrenees has offered his arduous slopes to the writing of the cycling legend, and we dream of it again this time as a justice of the peace of this edition, choosing the deserving capable here to raise the collar.

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He saw some pass, from these suitors, more or less famous, more or less spectacular. And undoubtedly the first of them, plume in the wind in the descent of the monster in 1969, sowing there all its pursuers for a crazy solo odyssey until the finish 140 km further with an armful of minutes in advance. : Eddy Merckx, who thus begins his thunderous reign. Such domination today, of a Tadej Pogacar or another cador, would necessarily look at itself with eyes veiled by doubt, in the era of lost innocence.

→ READ. The Tourmalet, his majesty of the Pyrenees

The French often stand out there

It must be said that other heroes of the Tourmalet shone in these laces before experiencing a fate overtaken by wicked practices. Thus Richard Virenque, who won his first stage on the Grande Boucle in 1994 for his third participation, by flying up there 40 km before the finish. Or Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck who perform an infernal duet number in 2010, one of the rare years (with 1974 and 2019) when the stage ends at the top of the Tourmalet. The Spaniard yellow jersey lets the Luxembourger white jersey win, the latter taking down the sunny tunic two years later after his rival was downgraded for doping.

So what can we hope for this time on a Tourmalet which must launch the great debates of the day before the end of the stage perched further, at the end of the climb to the resort of Luz Ardiden? The passage at the head of a French, house specialty over the past twenty years, the Tourmalet, visited 14 times, dubbing a total of 9 tricolors? It is obvious that for the giant, some retain a particular tenderness. “Yes, he is dear to my heart, loose the climber David Gaudu, more spirited this third week. It is a place steeped in history, it is the first real pass that I have ridden in my life, and I have excellent memories of the 2019 stage where I took Thibaut Pinot until his victory there. -high. “ The rider of the Groupama-FDJ formation could well see himself playing the leading roles, this time accompanied by his teammate Bruno Armirail, the native child who knows these mountains like the back of his hand.

A short stage, open to the daring

He is not the only one. Pierre Rolland, in a team that tries, with a Franck Bonnamour four times in the top ten of a stage like Tuesday July 13 in Saint-Gaudens, would give a lot to find there his legs of yesteryear. “This pass remains something special, recognizes the 34-year-old climber. It’s a mythical place, and I enjoy this climb so much that I can’t wait to be there. We know her well because our training center is in Argelès-Gazost. Everything is possible, especially since the stage is ultra-short. “

→ THE ROUTE. Find the map of the 2021 Tour de France stages

Indeed: 130 km on the odometer, the case can be dispatched. Luz Ardiden just after the Tourmalet, the sequence is not an absolute classic, but it was nevertheless offered eight times under the pedals of the riders. But since its premiere in 1985, it is before the Tourmalet to warm up the blood on more or less sharp climbs, from the Col de l’Aubisque to the Hourquette d’Ancizan via the Col d’Aspin. As in 2001, the stage most similar to that of this edition, with only 141 km. Spaniard Roberto Laiseka had been granted an exit permit at the foot of the last climb to claim victory, American Lance Armstrong contenting himself with controlling his rivals to keep his yellow jersey five minutes in advance, six days before the end of a Tour for him without a hitch.

A scenario to favor for the ultimate fight of this crazy 2021 edition? Luck favors the bold is the popular saying this year in the peloton. The troops are certainly exhausted by ceaselessly renewed games and polar temperatures in these Pyrenees that some imagined however crushed by the heat. But undoubtedly it is the hallmark of this Tour to foil most of the forecasts: one last little surprise for the road?



K2, journey to the top of the most terrible of the “8000 meters”

The thirteen other peaks over 8,000 meters have given way over time, between 1980 and 2016. But the K2 remains this giant, always reluctant to let itself be defeated in winter. The Italians conquered it in the summer of 1954, a national pride still in place, and the Poles took over, hoping to consolidate their reputation as “ice warriors”.

But for the moment nothing helps. Perhaps the Sherpas, who this year lead two of the three monster-defying expeditions, will eventually become masters at home. But for all, the game promises to be very tight, and promises the future winners the hallucinations that punctuate many glorious climbs. The victory, finally materialized, is well worth some delusions of altitude.

Find our four new episodes on this indomitable summit.

► K2, a giant never conquered by the Himalayan winter

► On K2, patriotism at the top

► The Sherpas want to become masters at home again

► K2, the altitude and its amazing companions



On the K2, patriotism at the top

And the K2 became “The mountain of the Italians”. It had been written since the Duke of Abruzzo’s first exploration in 1909 spotting the most obvious path to the top of the monster. It was still necessary to plant it, the transalpine flag, up there at 8,611 m. This was done on July 18, 1954. It must be said that the Italians had not skimped on the means deployed to tame K2.

→ Conquering the last 8,000 (1/4). The K2, a giant never conquered in the Himalayan winter

Because, then, the national honor is at stake. To forget the defeat and a quarter of a century of fascism, to shine with a new radiance in the eyes of the world: the mission is not thin for its leader Ardito Desio, charged by the ‘State and the Italian Alpine Club to conquer the most difficult of the Himalayan peaks. From the fall of 1953, the journalist and writer Dino Buzzati summarized the affair in the Corriere della sera: “Today, it is the French in Annapurna, the English in Everest, the Germans in Nanga Parbat, who are talking about them. Now it’s our turn, we Italians ”.

The tamed K2 and the exploits of Messner

When, after three months of efforts to prepare for the final assault, the Achille Compagnoni-Lino Lacedelli tandem reached the much-desired Grail at the end of the afternoon, it was all of Italy that swooned. Dino Buzzati is always enthusiastic about “A shock, a palpitation, a pure and disinterested satisfaction”. Ardito Desio will soon give a detailed account of it, sublimating the bravery of the heroes and setting in stone… a few lies about the exact unfolding of the events and the role of young Walter Bonatti (24 years old at the time) and of the Pakistani carrier Amir Mehdi. It will take fifty years to restore the truth, as the myth is almost untouchable.

“Despite everything, this conquest remains a very important date for the Italians, and for the 60th anniversary in 2014, several thousand of them made the trek to the K2 base camp again”, underlines Christian Trommsdorff, President of the High Mountain Group (GHM). It is true that after the exploit on the K2, other Italians will keep the flame alive, foremost among them Reinhold Messner, who from 1970 jumps from one peak to another, without the heaviness of great expeditions but by promoting the “alpine style”: total autonomy, a backpack and nothing else for the climber facing the wall.

The giant Messner is the first to complete the ascent of the 14 summits of the planet culminating at more than 8000 m in October 1986, with the K2 in particular, in 1979. However, it takes nothing that the bugger does not be preceded by another devourer of the peaks, the Pole Jerzy Kukuczka. He finished the mad race in September 1987, but with one sacred specificity: on his route, he achieved three winter firsts. The hallmark of those nicknamed the “ice warriors”.

Extreme quest

Because they established themselves on the international scene in the 1970s, the Polish mountaineers. All the great peaks may be defeated, but not at the worst time. So the Poles will make a place for themselves by specializing in winter conquests. That of Everest on February 17, 1980 was even applauded by Pope John Paul II and still remains a national pride. In less than ten years, they stacked seven, the Polish climbers.

But this extreme quest is obviously not without danger. And the exploits soon follow dramas. The mountain swept away Jerzy Kukuczka at 41, in 1989. The first woman to summit K2, in 1986, Wanda Rutkiewicz also died in 1992, at 49. And many others. A great void that no one wants to fill for a few years. Until the turn of the century, when the fever gradually resumed the Poles.


“These winter, more technical or taking new paths, did not have the same notoriety as the original conquests of the 1950s and 1960s., notes the sociologist Michel Raspaud, specialist in high mountains. Nevertheless, succeeding in K2, the last giant inaccessible in winter, remains very important for them because it would symbolically complete the loop and confirm national predominance ”. The Poles therefore returned to the winter 2002-2003, but without exceeding the 7,650 m, a mark that still holds. The 2018 expedition – named “K2 for the Poles” – said the national ambition, the result of the “program for Polish winter himalayan” launched in 2010. Las. It still ended in failure.

This year, the Poles are not really involved in the ongoing attempts. They are preparing instead on a nearby summit, gaining experience to return to the assault in the winter of 2021, hoping that others do not win the day. Because for them it is also written. K2 must also become “The mountain of the Poles”.


Such a long lie

For a long time, Walter Bonatti was silent. And then, in the 1980s, he began to recount “his” 1954 K2 expedition, which was significantly different from the official version. He tells of the “betrayal” of the two heroes of the ascent, who, for not having set up Camp IX in the planned location, forced Walter Bonatti and Amir Mehdi to come to bring them oxygen the day before the assault. final to an improvised and normally fatal bivouac at more than 8000 m of altitude. Both survived, the heroes were celebrated, even telling that they had completed the ascent without oxygen. Another lie. The truth only thawed gradually, before being made official by the Italian Alpine Club in 2004.



Tour de France 2020: Roglic-Pogacar, two Slovenians at the top

“The story of Roglic and his famous phone call, we tell it several times a week in one form or another on the air. It has become a kind of fairy tale with us ”, explains Polona Bertoncelj, reporter on the Tour de France for RTV, the Slovenian public television.

Primoz Roglic has to pay for his bike

The story is indeed beautiful. It begins with a phone call from a ski jumper who has just retired from the national team, having decided to exchange his skis for a bike at 22. On the other end of the phone, the correspondent’s name is Andrej Hauptman and he is a coach of one of the main Slovenian clubs, where the young man is claiming a place.

Rejected of course, but with a consolation ticket in the form of an impossible condition: the young Roglic, since it is about him, is well authorized to line up in certain minor races under the colors of the club, to condition of buying a bike and paying for your own trips … The equivalent of 5,000 € per year.

→ DOSSIER. Tour de France 2020: all the information to follow this 107e editing

The rest is known, since the future yellow jersey of the Tour de France will collect the sum, will take roustes for two years in the local races, before learning the basics of this new profession very different from that of springboard jumper: it is necessary learn to ride in a peloton, to feed in the race, to rub in a final. From fall to fall, he ended up standing out from the crowd, to the point of turning pro and winning a stage in the Tour of Italy in 2016. Finally justifying the hopes that he alone had for his future.

This stubborn and lonely course largely explains its behavior during the race. He’s just smiling after a win and stingy with comments in front of the cameras. “He’s a guy who has learned to calculate everything, including the energy spent in the rare interviews he gives”, explains journalist Polona Bertoncelj.

This does not bother this Slovenian family they met Thursday, September 17 at the top of the Col des Saisies, all dressed in yellow. “In Slovenia, he is popular because of his difficult course, he had to give up his ambitions in ski jumping, because of a very serious fall, for him cycling was a question of survival”, said the father.

The fairies of cycling leaning over the young Pogacar

Quite the opposite of Tadej Pogacar, who was born with a silver bicycle in his cradle. Not that his family is very rich, but he hardly had to make an effort to join the high level. Just respond favorably to an advertisement and a roller stress test organized by the Federation’s recruiting officers before being admitted into the federal fold. He was immediately followed by the best technicians, including the famous Andrej Hauptmann, who told a completely different story about him in “The Team” a few days ago: “When he won his first race in 2014, at age 13, I called my wife and said to her: we have a champion! “

The prognosis has never wavered. The gifted youngster was national junior champion in the chrono in 2016, then national champion hope on the road, before winning the Tour de l’Avenir in 2018. On his momentum, he joined the peloton of the pros, moved to Monaco like the greats. and imposes its mark on major races from its first season. In 2019, he won the Tour of the Algarve, the Tour of California and removed three mountain stages of the Tour of Spain 2019, won by Primoz Roglic.

→ ROUTE. Tour de France 2020: the map of stages

As much as one is calm and measured, the other willingly leaves with a clear sword, faithful to a tactic requiring a good dose of confidence. “As soon as I can I attack. What do I have to lose as long as I give my best? Somewhere, the result doesn’t matter ”, he said on the evening of his stage victory on September 6 at Laruns, in the Pyrenees.

He had supplanted his elder on the finish line who had donned the yellow jersey on September 6. Glory day for two very different Slovenians, both cut out to dominate world cycling in the near future. But each in their own way.



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