It smells good Christmas and the holidays when the rankings of the champions of the year fall.
And here is already the first: this Sunday morning, in a poll carried out by Odoxa for Keneo and RTL, the French designate their favorite champion of the last 12 months.
It is a small surprise insofar as in Olympic year, the champion of champions is often a gold medalist.
But not in 2021: for the French interviewed, the champion of the French champions of the year is called Julian Alaphilippe. This recognition crowns an exceptionally rich year for France's favorite cyclist: world champion for the second time, Alaphilippe wore the yellow jersey of the Tour de France by winning the first stage in Brittany. He won the Flèche wallonne and climbed on the podium at Liège-Bastogne-Liège or Strade Bianche.
Among men and with 26% of the vote, Julian Alaphilippe is ahead of two other world champions, rally champion Sébastien Ogier (16%) and MotoGP Fabio Quartararo (13%). It is possible that in other rankings, these two get their revenge. Among the women, the champion of champions is also double Olympic judo champion: Clarisse Agbégnénou collects 23% of the votes ahead of freestyle skier Perrine Laffont (19%) and Paralympic athlete Marie-Amélie Le Fur (12%).
But then, why is Julian Alaphilippe designated THE champion and not Clarisse Agbégnénou?
Because the polling institute put both in the final and even if the score is tight, the "duel of the champions" turns to the advantage of the cyclist who wins by little (15%) against the judoka ( 13%) both among the entire French population (15 to 13) and among sports enthusiasts (18% to 14%).
Consolation however, in the Top of French sport, there are 7 champions.
The French women's handball team number 1 in sport co
And then in team sports, women's sport takes its revenge. Because when we ask the French which is their favorite team in 2021, they designate the French women's handball team, crowned Olympic champion in August in Tokyo. What balm the heart of the Blue who are currently competing for the World Championship in Spain. With 37% of the choices, the Bleues du hand are ahead of the French rugby team (23%). Note that this poll was carried out a few days after the demonstration against the Blacks which may have played in favor of Fabien Galthié players. Another handball team climbed onto the podium: that of the men's Olympic champions (16%) around Nikola Karabatic, who was ahead of the Blues in basketball and volleyball.
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And it is not very difficult to find the biggest disappointment: it comes from the French football team which came out in the round of 16 of the Euro.
For the French, this rout is more important (34%) than the French tennis fiasco to which they are accustomed (27%), the low number of gold medals at the Olympic Games or even the failure of Teddy Riner in individual on the Tokyo tatami.
The survey was carried out online on December 1 and 2, 2021 on a sample of 1,005 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over, including 531 sports enthusiasts.
The Top 10 of the survey of all French people:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (cycling, 15%), 2. Clarisse Agbégnénou (judo, 13%);
3. Perrine Laffont, Fabio Quartararo (freestyle skiing, motorbike; 9%);
5. Sébastien Ogier (rally, 7%);
6. Marie-Amélie Le Fur, Justine Dupont (Paralympic athletics, surfing; 6%);
8. Charline Picon (windsurfing, 4%);
9. Cleopatra Darleux, Kadidiatou Diani (handball, football; 3%)