Les Bleus qualified extremis in basketball, Evenepoel king of the Vuelta, Swiatek and Alcaraz crowned in New York… What to remember from the sports weekend

From tennis to basketball, cycling and Formula 1, there was plenty of sports news on the weekend of September 10 and 11. The Blues of the French basketball team grabbed qualification for the quarter-finals of Eurobasket after a thrilling extra time against Turkey, while Remco Evenepoel became the first Belgian to win on the grand tour in forty-four years. In New York, the US Open crowned Igo Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz, the new world number one. Franceinfo: sports take stock of what you shouldn’t miss this weekend.

The Miracle Blues at Eurobasket

The French team has come a long way. At noon on Saturday, pushing Turkey to the round of 16, the Blues managed to seize extra time and then turn the game around (86-87). Led by the ever-present Rudy Gobert at the end of the match and the determined Terry Tarpey, they managed to punch their ticket to the quarter-finals, five years after a frustrating exit against Germany in the last eight at the last European tournament.

“It’s probably the craziest scenario I’ve ever seen., Vincent Collet admitted after the meeting. In heart and mind, his men continue to compete. On Wednesday night, they will challenge Italy for a place in the last four.

Remco Evenepoel won the Vuelta

It is the achievement that Belgium has been waiting forty-four years for in a grand tour. Three weeks after leaving the Netherlands, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) brought the red jersey back to Madrid to win the 77th edition of the Vuelta. The 22-year-old Belgian, who became the leader of the overall classification at the end of the 6th stage on the top of Pico Jano, did not let go of the precious tunic.

Evenepoel, who had been under pressure from Primoz Roglic at the dawn of week three, before crashing and abandoning the Slovenian rider, did not crack and bid for the biggest win of his career. He became the first Belgian to win a Grand Tour since Johan De Muynck on the Giro roads in 1978.

US Open: Swiatek’s crazy year, Alcaraz’s coronation

A victory for history. Sacred in the US Open final after a four-set battle against Casper Ruud (6-4, 2-6, 7-6 [1]6-3)Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam title in New York. A success that moves him to the world number one spot for the first time in his career on Monday morning. At 19 years, 4 months and 8 days, he dethroned Lleyton Hewitt and became the youngest player to top the ATP rankings.

In the women’s draw, Iga Swiatek proved irresistible, dominating Ons Jabeur on Saturday night (6-2, 7-6[5]). First in power, then intent on stifling the Tunisian’s attacks, Swiatek pocketed her first US Open, her third Grand Slam title. The Pole takes care of his impressive statistics: ten wins in ten finals played since Roland-Garros in 2020, seven titles this year and a streak of 37 straight victories in the spring.

La Rochelle continues, the last finalists riot in the Top 14

The second day of the Top 14 smiled on the big teams. Rochelais confirmed their good start to the season with their first away win on the LOU turf (23-21). With two successes and eight points on the timer, they take the lead in the championship.

Defeated on the opening day, defending champions Montpellier and runners-up Castres opened their home counter. MHR, carried by the play at the foot of Louis Carbonel, dominated with feverish Bordeaux (29-19), while Castres did not tremble against Stade Français (30-20).

In the other matches of the day, Aviron Bayonnais won a prestigious victory against Racing 92 (31-25) in their first game at Jean-Dauger. Clermont took the best of the Pau Section (33-24), Brive won in Perpignan (17-6) and Toulouse, a solid leader, stepped up against Toulon (28-8).

Formula 1: Verstappen wins at Monza for Ferrari

On pole, Charles Leclerc hoped to fend off the Indian sign and end Max Verstappen’s hegemony since returning from the summer break. Failed again. Verstappen won his fifth race in a row, his first in Italy, on Ferrari soil, starting from seventh position. The Red Bull driver was ahead of his rival Leclerc and was very angry to see the race finish behind the safety car, having hoped to have the final laps to chase him head-on. George Russell (Mercedes) completes the podium.

Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) took eighth just ahead of rookie Nyck de Vries, who was called up at the last minute behind the wheel of his humble Williams and ninth for his first Grand Prix.

It should also be noted that the Monza track crowned the young French driver Victor Martins, the crowned F3 World Champion.

Ligue 1: PSG and OM start

Are we headed for a PSG-OM title fight? After seven days of the championship, this scenario is taking shape. On Saturday, PSG first tamed Brest without shining in the Parc des Princes (1:0). In the evening, OM responded by toppling Lille at the Vélodrome (2-1). With nineteen points on the clock (the best entry into the season in Marseille’s history), the two rivals are neck and neck at the top of L1.

However, they see Racing Club de Lens in the rear-view mirror as they continue to progress. Friday’s winners of the Trojans (1-0), Artésiens calmed down on the podium, just ahead of surprising Lorient, who were eliminated from Nantes (3-2). Les Merlus thus distanced OL, defeated in Monaco at the end of this 7th day (2-1). Also note the Rennes festival against Auxerre (5-0) and Ajaccio’s umpteenth defeat against Nice (0-1).

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