By Benjamin Cheneviere
Published on 22 Dec 20 at 7:21
He has simply been named sportsman of the yr. So how can we not embrace it in our choice of ten French exploits that marked 2020 ?
Martin Fourcade, just lately retired from biathlon, topped a Odoxa ranking carried out for Winamax and RTL, with 22% of the votes forward of the footballer Kylian Mbappé (21%) and the bicycle owner Julian Alaphilippe (18%). The latter additionally seems in our prime 10 which, it doesn’t have something of a classification however compiles with a sure chauvinism the most lovely moments supplied by French sportsmen this yr.
Because in 2020, regardless of the postponement of the Euro soccer and the Tokyo Olympic Games due to the Covid-19, we nonetheless had a good time! The proof.
1. Martin Fourcade (biathlon)
He dominated his self-discipline for nearly a decade. Martin Fourcade is 83 races received in his profession, 33 world championship titles and 5 Olympic gold medals! So he could not end his profession aside from a victory …
On March 14, 2020 in Kontiolahti, Finland, the Catalan gave himself the most lovely retirement reward, in successful his final race. As an emblem, Martin Fourcade received that day forward of the subsequent technology of France, Quentin Fillon-Maillet (2e) and Emilien Jacquelin (3e).
The full video of his final race:
2. Julian Alaphilippe (biking)
He has turn out to be the darling of the public. And received us used to successful huge races yearly. In 2020, Julien Alaphilippe has been talked about once more. First on the Tour de France, by successful the second stage and seizing the yellow jersey for a number of days.
But he particularly hit exhausting on September 27 in Imola, Italy, turning into world highway champion, 23 years after the final coronation of a Frenchman, Laurent Brochard in 1997.
The video of his victory at the world championship:
3. Sébastien Ogier (automobile rally)
It isn’t the most publicized of French champions. And but, Sébastien Ogier has marked the historical past of his sport once more this yr. The French driver grew to become, on December 6, 2020, seventh time WRC rally world champion !
The icing on the cake, when he introduced his retirement at the starting of the yr, he lastly determined to lengthen yet one more season. To rush in the direction of an 8e title!
4. Perrine Laffont (freestyle snowboarding)
She too sits on prime of the world. 2018 Olympic mogul champion, Perrine Laffont confirms her rank yr after yr. During the winter of 2019-2020, it flew over the world Cup in successful eight out of ten races. She due to this fact logically dropped out on March 12, the huge crystal globe awarded to the world champion in freestyle snowboarding, his second in a row.
In the course of, she began the new winter season like the earlier one, with three wins.
5. Pierre Gasly (Formula 1)
The “speed up, speed up!” “Julien Febreau, commentator of Canal +, will remain in the annals as well as the cult sentences of Thierry Roland or Thierry Gilardi during the 1998 World Cup.
This Sunday, September 6, 2020, the young driver Pierre Gasly signed his first victory in Formula 1, on the Monza circuit, in Italy. At the wheel of his AlphaTauri, the Rouennais thus became the first Frenchman to win a Grand Prix since Olivier Panis in 1996, the year of… Pierre Gasly’s birth.
The video of his victory at Monza:
6. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (MTB)
Road cycling, BMX, mountain biking… Pauline Ferrand-Prévot collects titles and medals on all terrains. This year, it was on her mountain bike that she shone by keeping her world champion title, in October. The 28-year-old Rémoise won solo with more than three minutes ahead of her runner-up! The following week, she then became European champion of the discipline for the first time.
7. Fabio Quartararo (motorcycle)
What a year for the 21-year-old French prodigy! On July 19, Fabio Quartararo wins his first MotoGP victory on the Jerez circuit in Spain, becoming the first French to win a race in the premier class of the Motorcycle Grand Prix, 20 years and ten months after the success of Régis Laconi in 500 cm3 in 1999.
Next week, a new feat of the Nice pilot who won his second victory in Moto GP in two races. He is thus the only Frenchman to have won two victories in the premier class.
The video of his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix:
8. Clarisse Agbegnenou (judo)
After more than nine months without competition, the 28-year-old Frenchwoman made a winning comeback by becoming European champion -63 kg for the fifth time. On November 20 in Prague, she struck down Austrian Magdalena Krssakova in the final, in less than 25 seconds!
CLARISSE AGBEGNENOU EUROPEAN CHAMPION !!
– the L’Équipe channel (@lachainelequipe) November 20, 2020
9. The Lyon girls’s workforce (soccer)
And seven! The gamers of Olympique Lyonnais (OL) are as soon as once more on the roof of Europe in 2020, after successful, on August 30, their seventh Champions League title, the fifth in a row. The OL ladies received 3-1 in the closing in opposition to the Germans from Wolfsburg.
10. Hugo Gaston (tennis)
Revelation of the Roland Garros match, the Toulousain thrilled tennis followers, pissed off by a shortened season.
Author of an unimaginable journey in Paris, Hugo Gaston created a primary feat in eliminating Swiss Stan Wawrinka in 5 units, in 16e closing. In the subsequent spherical, he impressed the entire of France by shaking the 3e world participant, Dominic Thiem.
The highlights of his spherical of 16 in opposition to Dominic Thiem:
The Austrian may have wanted 5 units to overcome Hugo Gaston, 20 years and 239e worldwide!