The sporting weekend ended in sadness, Sunday September 18, with the defeat of the French men’s basketball team against Spain in the final of the European championship. At the same time, PSG took the lead in Ligue 1 alone after their victory against Lyon (1-0). The weekend was also marked by the start of the world cycling championships in Australia, with a confirmation and a surprise. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss.
Eurobasket: the French team misses its final
The Blues missed their meeting with their biggest rival, Spain. Sunday evening, in Berlin (Germany), the French men’s team logically lost in the Eurobasket final against La Roja (88-76), crowned for the fourth time. Evan Fournier and his teammates never entered the game, allowing the Iberian selection to unroll their basketball. Apart from a burst of pride in the third quarter, France were overwhelmed from start to finish.
Magnificent of address, Juancho Hernangomez (27 points at 7/9 from three-pointers) was the great architect of the Spanish victory, depriving France of a second continental title after that of 2013. “So close to the goal, it’s hard to pass it up, recognized Rudy Gobert at the microphone of Canal +. We had to go find him. I have to be better in those moments.” “It hurts us, we were there to gold”, Guerschon Yabusele continued. With silver, the Blues still pocket a third consecutive international medal after bronze at the 2019 World Cup and silver at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
“I have to be better”
Rudy Gobert reacts after France lost in Eurobasket final to Spain pic.twitter.com/s1xEwzkRZm
– CANAL + Basket (@CanalplusBasket) September 18, 2022
Road cycling worlds: sensation Tobias Foss and confirmation Ellen van Dijk
The chrono specialists opened the 2022 World Cycling Championships on Sunday, September 18, in Wollongong, south of Sydney, Australia. Reigning world champion, Dutchwoman Ellen van Dijk saved her rainbow tunic at the end of a technical course of 34.2 km – for the first time, the same as that borrowed later by the men. “I never imagined winning today! The course did not suit me at all. But I approached the race with the right mentality”, declared on arrival the winner of the day, already titled in 2013. She beat Australian Grace Brown and Swiss Marlen Reusser. The first Frenchwoman, Juliette Labous, crossed the line in a disappointing 11th place.
On the men’s side, Tobias Foss created the sensation. The Norwegian was ahead of all the favorites, blowing the victory to the Swiss Stefan Küng (2nd at two seconds). The Belgian Remco Evenepoel completes the podium. “I’m living a dream. I would have signed for a Top 10. So becoming world champion… I don’t realize, it’s incredible”, reacted, incredulous, lhe rider of the Jumbo-Visma, 25 years old. Apart from the Tour de l’Avenir in 2019, Tobias Foss had not won any major race so far.
Unstoppable Pauline Ferrand-Prévot
And three! Pauline Ferrand-Prévot added a new iridescent tunic to her 2022 collection on Saturday September 18 in Denmark. The 30-year-old French cyclist won the world mountain bike marathon championship, on an 87.5 km long circuit. At the end of August, in Les Gets, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot had already won the world titles in short-track and cross-country.
—UCI MTB (@UCI_MTB) September 17, 2022
Ligue 1: PSG alone in the lead
At the conclusion of the 8th day of Ligue 1, Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain dominated Olympique Lyonnais in an intense match (1-0). Thanks to Lionel Messi’s sixth goal this season, PSG are now alone at the top of the championship. With 22 points on the clock, Christophe Galtier’s players are two points ahead of Olympique de Marseille.
Because earlier in the day, OM were hooked on their lawn by Stade Rennes (1-1). The Bretons had opened the scoring with a goal against his side by Mattéo Guendouzi (25th). The French international caught up well by equalizing with a header on receipt of a corner (52nd).
MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo falls and sees his lead melt in the championship
The galleys continue for the reigning world champion. Fabio Quartararo suffered a very bad crash on the first lap of the Aragon Grand Prix, after colliding with Marc Marquez’s bike. Stunned, hit by his motorcycle, burned on the chest, the Frenchman could not resume the race.
Well….my race was really short but happy to walk away with no big injuries.
Let’s try to be positive and give our best for the next races pic.twitter.com/wWaX6Xuq5R
— Fabio Quartararo (@FabioQ20) September 18, 2022
On the track, it was the Italian Enea Bastianini who won his fourth success of the season. Second, Francesco Bagnaia continues to collect points and is ten lengths behind Fabio Quartararo in the drivers’ classification. He could snatch the controls from the next race in Japan.