Imola as a starting point, Haacht as a starting point. Before the road race of the World Cycling Championships on Sunday, a look back at the multicolored year of Julian Alaphilippe. It all started in Imola, September 27, 2020. On a circuit usually used by Formula 1, a rocket crosses the finish line in first position. After 12 kilometers alone, and a last endless lap, Julian Alaphilippe realizes his dream, and dons the rainbow jersey. World champion ! Don’t be fooled by the picture. Whoever celebrates is not the winner. A week after his world title, Julian Alaphilippe was won Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but raised his arms too early, and was passed on the line by Primoz Roglic. Finally, Alaphilippe will be downgraded (5th) for a dangerous wave made as the sprint approaches. Smiles quickly return to Belgium. On the Brabant Flèche, on October 7, Julian Alaphilippe once again anticipates his arm lift, but crosses the line first, ahead of Mathieu van der Poel and Benoît Cosnefroy. The photo finish is formal, it’s a rainbow victory. Often staggering, Julian Alaphilippe is this time bowled over. Hit by a motorcycle in the final of the Tour of Flanders on October 18, the world champion gave up any chance of victory 33 kilometers from the finish when he was part of the leading trio. Result: no Monument and a double fracture of the right hand. The little guy, basically, is Julian Alaphilippe. Devastated by an attack by Mathieu van der Poel in the streets of Siena, the French let his opponent slip away and finally finished second in the Strade Bianche on March 6. The jersey galvanizes, but does not do everything. Julian Alaphilippe knows the wall of Huy like the back of his hand. The Flèche wallonne is its race. On April 21, in the fateful ascent, the Frenchman managed his effort perfectly and dropped Primoz Roglic ten meters from the line. A fifth podium, but above all a third victory in the event. Beaten by stronger. For his second Liège-Bastogne-Liège as world champion, on April 25, Julian Alaphilippe does not raise his arms too early this time, but does not win either, ahead of a half-wheel by Tadej Pogacar. There is no denying it, the Dean resists him. A champion responds when he is expected. A world champion too. On the first stage of the Tour de France, on June 26, Alaphilippe looks like a scarecrow and attacks as planned in the difficult Fosse aux Loups, in Landerneau. Knee in blood, he wins and takes the yellow jersey for the third year in a row. One day in yellow, but daily walkabouts. In Brittany, the Tour seduces, and the yellow jersey too. Not this time. Present at the Bretagne Classic in preparation for his world title defense on August 29, Julian Alaphilippe, a victim of cramps, was beaten in the sprint by a supercharged Cosnefroy. “Even without that, Benoît was the stronger today. The class. After a year of savoring his tunic, Julian Alaphilippe puts it on one last time in Haacht, Belgium, on September 18 for the Primus Classic. Far from winning, the Frenchman finds his happiness elsewhere, surrounded by his partner, Marion, and his son, Nino.

The general manager of RC Lens Arnaud Pouille announced this Friday the measures taken by the club after the incidents which punctuated the derby against the LOSC.

Reims will be deprived of Valon Berisha against Nantes, Sunday (3 p.m.). Mitchell Van Bergen is uncertain.

Jorge Sampaoli has still not retained the Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik in the Marseille group which will host Lens on Sunday (8:45 p.m.).

Alexis Claude-Maurice will make his comeback in the Nice group for the match in Saint-Etienne on Saturday (5 p.m.). Hicham Boudaoui, Kasper Dolberg and Justin Kluivert are absent.

AS Saint-Etienne general manager Claude Puel announced the packages of Maçon and Moueffek for the match against Nice on Saturday (5 p.m.).

In its medical press release on Friday, PSG announces Lionel Messi’s package for his match against Montpellier on Saturday (9 p.m.). Information confirmed at a press conference by Mauricio Pochettino.

Joe Willock and Jamaal Lascelles joined Newcastle’s long list of injuries for the game against Watford on Saturday (4pm).

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Follow the press conference of Parisian coach Mauricio Pochettino live on the L’Équipe website before the PSG-Montpellier match counting for the eighth day of Ligue 1.

After three Laver Cups won by the European team, Nick Kyrgios, 95th player in the world and member of the “rest of the world” team, hopes to reverse the trend during the 4th edition of this All-Star Game of tennis which kicks off this Friday in Boston, Massachussets.

Former Paralympic champion, Irishman James Brown was sentenced to six months in prison for blocking the door of a plane as part of an action carried out in 2019 by the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion.

Comeilleur Ligue 1 scorer after seven days, Amine Gouiri lives at 21 an armored start to the season of events, between the confirmation of his excellent first season in Nice, the capture of the captaincy at the Hopes and the first blows received this week with in particular two missed penalties. Those who shaped the rocket tell. Mickaël Boyer, his trainer at L’Isle-d’Abeau “I have known Amine since he was very young. We lived in the same subdivision. Each time …

Officially a candidate for the takeover of AS Saint-Étienne, the Prince of Cambodia Norodom Ravichak fascinates as much as he intrigues. Assumed football fan, at the head of a fortune estimated at 250 million euros, is Ravichak the long-awaited buyer who will restore color to the green people? And who would accompany him in the Forez? Elements of answer: “At one time or another, we will end up getting there, it is obligatory”, swung an exasperated Roland Romeyer on the airwaves of France Bleu …

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp on Friday welcomed the announcement of a possible return of standing spectators in English stadiums.

Now winner of his 19 fights (including 18 before the limit), Christian Mbilli beat the Spaniard Ronny Landaeta by referee stoppage in the third round, Thursday night in Quebec.

Already absent during the last two days, the left side of FC Metz Thomas Delaine suffers from a crack in one foot and will therefore miss the trip to Brest this Sunday, as well as, no doubt, the reception of Angers next weekend. .

SPORT AUTO – The duel between the British king of the discipline and the young Dutchman is reaching peaks of tension this season, as the Russian GP is contested this weekend.

Frenchman Clément Novalak finished second in qualifying on Friday in Sochi, just behind his Trident teammate Jack Doohan.

While it was announced that Joan Laporta was not in favor of appointing Xavi as coach now, that would be changing. Ronald Koeman’s time on the FC Barcelona bench seems to be running out. The Dutch coach has indeed been under fire for the past few days due to the apathetic journey displayed by his team, which put in another poor performance on the Cádiz CF lawn on Thursday evening (0-0). What’s more, the relationships

Organized by the “Femme et Cycliste” association, the “8 848 Women’s Challenge” is an ultra-distance event accessible to all. Berta and Nicola tell us about their experience.

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