Tour de France: a time trial in Nice for the last stage of the 2024 edition

The Tour de France will arrive in Nice in 2024, deserting Paris for the first time since 1905 because of the Olympic Games, indicated the city of Nice and the organizers of the Grande Boucle, Thursday December 1 during a press conference.

Another announcement: the last stage, traditionally a sprint on the Champs-Élysées, will this time be an individual time trial. It will be the first time that the Tour has finished on a time since the legendary outcome of 1989 when the Frenchman Laurent Fignon lost the yellow jersey by eight seconds, the smallest gap in history, against the American Greg LeMond.

A first since 1989

The start of this 111th edition should be given for the first time from Italy and the city of Florence. As is usually the case in an Olympic year, the race will be brought forward a week. She will therefore leave on June 29, 2024 and arrive on July 21, five days before the start of the Olympic Games.

“Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times with two starts in 1981 and 2020”this last “in a very difficult health context” with the Covid-19 pandemic, welcomed the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi.

That the Tour de France arrives in Nice had been recorded for a while, while the Paris Games (July 26-August 11) will turn the summer sports program upside down that year. It is nonetheless a small revolution since the most famous race in the world has, with the exception of the first two editions in 1903 and 1904 arriving in Ville d’Avray (Hauts-de-Seine), until then always finished in Paris. First at the Parc des Princes (from 1906 to 1967), then at the Cipale velodrome (1968 to 1975) and since 1975 on the Champs-Élysées.

Return to Paris in 2025

“Nice is a city that shines, known worldwide. There is the beauty of the setting and the mountain next to it. The city offers an exceptional setting and a formidable field of expression for the champions that we are going to use”explains the director of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme.

For this Tour unlike any other, the organizers are planning a “Fireworks Final Weekend” with first, on Saturday, a stage “mountain oriented” from Nice. Then, the next day, as the ultimate justice of the peace, an individual time trial, 35 years after that between Versailles and the Champs-Élysées in 1989, an edition that remains in everyone’s memory.

In 2025, the return to normal is already scheduled, especially since there will be something to celebrate. “We will be delighted to find Paris and the Champs-Élysées for the 50th anniversary of the first arrival on the Champs”emphasizes Christian Prudhomme.



2022 World Cup: reactive Blues win easily against Australia

Ignition delay. If we had to be picky, it is in these terms that we would describe the victory of the Blues against the Australian Socceroos, this Tuesday, November 22, for their first match in Qatar. Didier Deschamps’ team, surprised at the start, took a good twenty minutes to enter their World Cup, before reassuring themselves and showing their talent to finally win (4-1).

Enterprising from the first minutes, the Australians, taking advantage of a faulty Benjamin Pavard in marking, scored their first goal in the 9th minute, through Craig Goodwin. A goal full of realism in front of a helpless Hugo Lloris. In the process, the side Lucas Hernandez leaves on injury, replaced by his brother Theo.

The French defense, weakened in the absence of its manager, Raphaël Varane, will therefore have yielded very quickly. The unprecedented duo of central defenders Konaté-Upamecano, lacking in automation, will have taken a good quarter of an hour before getting back in the saddle, like the rest of the team.

Rabiot and Giroud turn things around

The equalizer came from a long cross from Théo Hernandez headed by Adrien Rabiot (27th minute), before Olivier Giroud, so far transparent, restored the advantage to the Blues, on a decisive pass from this even Rabiot, five minutes later (32nd).

Remobilized, the men of Didier Deschamps no longer left the opposing half of the field in the first half and continued to press the Socceroos. Great unknown at the time of starting, the control of the midfield was to the advantage of the Blues. The Rabiot-Tchouaméni-Griezmann trio, unprecedented, answered many questions, being very clean technically and efficient in the recovery. The Blues, however, concluded this contrasting first half with a final scare: in added time, the Australian, Jackson Irvine saw his shot crash into the right upright of Hugo Lloris.

A more controlled second act

In the second half, the Blues initially contented themselves with spinning the ball, ignoring efforts to knock out the opponent, before Kylian Mbappé’s repeated accelerations ended up making the Australian net vibrate. The one on whom a lot of hopes rested in attack, after the package of the Golden Ball Karim Benzema, assumed his role by playing his speed to destabilize the opposing defense. It was on an uncrossed header at six meters, on a cross from Ousmane Dembélé, that he was first rewarded. (68th minute).

Three minutes later, Olivier Giroud dashed the last Australian hopes by scoring a brace, with an unstoppable header, on a cross from Mbappé. The AC Milan striker scored his 51st goal with France and thus joined Thierry Henry at the top of the ranking of tricolor scorers.

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Despite a failed start to the match, the French internationals were able to raise the bar to win by three goals. Faced with a tougher opponent, the team of Didier Deschamps will however have to raise their level of play. Next test against Denmark, opponent who has often foiled the Blues, from this Saturday, November 26th. The Blues will aim for a qualification for the 8th finals.



Football: against overflows in stadiums, rules that are too vague

The same slippage, or almost. August 22, at 74e minute of the flagship match of the day in Ligue 1 between Nice and Marseille, OM playmaker Dimitri Payet receives a bottle on the back. He sends her back to the stands, and soon everything degenerates: invasion of the lawn, fist fight between ultra groups and a few players involved.

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This Sunday, November 21, the Lyon-Marseille poster barely lasts a minute and a half: Dimitri Payet is about to take a corner under a shower of various objects, when a bottle of water hits his head. This time, no wave on the ground, but the same hesitation on the resumption of the match, finally canceled. The person responsible for the attack was apprehended and the OM playmaker lodged a complaint as part of the investigation.

Towards new sanctions

Between the two events, three months and overflows almost every week in football stadiums. The Professional Football League (LFP) had yet promised hot last August “To hit hard so that it doesn’t happen again”. The ace. Sanctions there were (withdrawal of a point and three games behind closed doors for Nice), but without curbing the phenomenon. Sanctions there will be: meeting urgently at midday this Monday, November 22, the disciplinary committee of the LFP decided “As a precautionary measure, a total closed session of the Groupama Stadium in Lyon”, until December 8, definitive measures that some are demanding very heavy.

But will they be enough to shower the nasty enthusiasm of the supporters? “Since the start of the season, from one slip to another, as the events are not quite the same, the League has taken variable decisions, and ultimately fueled a certain vagueness, comments Williams Nuytens, professor at the University of Artois and specialist in supporterism. And the more vagueness, the more supporters play with the rule. The speeches of club leaders do not help, which also maintain an uncertainty in which the supporters rush. “

The procrastination of the authorities

This Sunday, the president of the Olympique Lyonnais Jean-Michel Aulas hurried to clear his public by evoking “An isolated act”. Except that the water bottle was not a single projectile and that from the stands also fell unkind slogans taken up in chorus against Dimitri Payet. “Only clear and simple rules can be effective, disseminated by the clubs to the associations of supporters who themselves transmit them to their troops., resumes Williams Nuytens. In the meantime, the predictable increase in incidents is a shared responsibility. “

The procrastination of the authorities concerned, for nearly two hours on Sunday evening, around the resumption or not of the game testify to this lack of clarity. For the Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, the referees must in particular have the “Free quarters” to decide whether to interrupt encounters after throwing projectiles. “For the moment, it is not marked black on white”, lamented the minister. The government suddenly took hold of the file. This Tuesday, November 23, the LFP and the French Football Federation are summoned to the Ministry of the Interior at the same time as the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer and the Minister for Sports, to see ” what to do “.



Fencing, a weapon against cancer and sexual assault

Four years after the entry into force of the decree relating to adapted physical activity prescribed by doctors for chronically ill patients, “prescription sport” is only developing timidly. To the astonishment of Didier Leménagé, long director of development and innovation at the French Fencing Federation, who has worked a lot in this field.

“Since 2012, we have been training our fencing masters in the supervision of patients in the reconstruction phase, in particular women operated on after breast cancer”, explains this framework, estimating at a hundred the number of fencing clubs offering this type of service.

The fencer gesture is excellent for rehabilitation after a mastectomy. “Especially the saber (one of the three weapons of the discipline with the foil and the épée) which requires a wider movement and a higher position of the arm which corresponds perfectly to the gestures of rehabilitation”, continues Didier Leménagé, who welcomes this marriage between sport and hospital.

“We met between bald women”

Many oncology departments have formed partnerships with gun rooms, where they send their patients after the operation. Some have chosen to offer the full range of the discipline, with mask, breastplate and real weapon. Others adopt a kind of simulated fencing with plastic weapons and a simple classic jogging outfit.

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“After the operation, it was a real good time. We found ourselves among bald women because of chemotherapy, we had fun and that allowed us to move without apprehension ”, tells Sylvaine Fanon who followed these sales organized by the Saint-Louis hospital in Paris.

The medical benefit is obvious, but it goes far beyond the gesture. “ It is a combat sport which involves responding to an attack, comparable to that of the disease ”, completes Doctor Dominique Hornus-Dragne, anesthesiologist and fencer from Toulouse who initiated this medical fencing.

“The practice not only helps to regain mobility in the shoulder, it helps fight sleep disorders, concentration difficulties, specifies the doctor. There is also the benefit of image, because this sport requires complete clothing, without nudity, which is important for women who have just had an operation. “

In 2014, she created an association intended to reassure patients, train fencing masters and obtain from the Federation and the Ministry of Sports that the first year of practice be free for medical benefit. This association “RIPOSTE” (Reconstruction Image of oneself, posture, oncology, health, therapy, fencing) issues a sort of label to partner clubs that exist throughout France.

The impact of the blade, a metaphor for rape

Attack / defense, self-esteem, code of honor… Like most combat sports, fencing is also an excellent way of rebuilding for women victims of sexual violence. Since 2012, the Federation has invested in this area as complaints have multiplied. “We are now at more than 700 people welcomed and that is only increasing”, notes Didier Leménagé.

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The Fencing Federation has forged a partnership with the Stop aux Violences Sexual (SVS) association founded by Dr Violaine Guérin, endocrinologist and gynecologist. In association with Boris Sanson, Olympic team saber champion in 2008 who became a physiotherapist, the association offers workshops in several places in France for small groups of women, men or children, assaulted and even perpetrators of aggression. .

Female fencers find sex again

SVS also favors the saber, more instinctive and immediate than the other fencing disciplines. “Rape is first of all a bodily attack before being a psychological attack, explains Doctor Guérin. There is crime, debauchery of deadly energy on the part of the aggressor and impact, in the form of penetration. Our job is to transform this negative energy suffered through fencing which allows the impact to be turned against the opponent. “

There is nothing theoretical about this posture: during SVS sessions, patients face a masked opponent, the fencing master, who symbolically takes the place of the aggressor. “It’s a long process that spans ten sessions. The goal being to release the deadly energy, this often results in assaults of great violence against the fencing master ”.

The results ? They are “Spectacular”, assures Doctor Guérin: “We are at about 80% of professional repositioning, we also have definitive discharges from a psychiatric hospital”, says the gynecologist who also points to a clue that delights her: “We had babies in our patients who had given up all sex life. “


Sexual abusers are also followed

Of the 700 patients treated by SVS since 2012, nearly 10% are aggressors, most often detained in two partner penitentiaries, in Osny (Val-d’Oise) and on Reunion Island. “Many abusers were themselves assaulted in their childhood, explains Dr Violaine Guérin, it is moreover on this condition that we follow them. For them, we set up different mechanisms: we start by assaulting them, so that they bring up the memory of their own rape and become aware of what they have inflicted on someone else. Only then can labor begin. “