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of nasty falls forced an
injured Chris Froome to
abandon his Tour de
France title defence last
The British rider tum-
bled off this bike again
on Friday, but this time
he got back on and fin-
ished strong to cut into
his rivals times at the
Froome fell on the first
climb of the hilly 169-
ride, with televised
images showing a bloody
cut on his right hip.
After his team s car
arrived to change his
battered bike, Froome
caught up with the pelo-
ton. He then used a
burst of speed at the fin-
ish line to nip two sec-
onds away from the
Nico Rosberg was disciplined
by Mercedes yesterday after
accepting responsibility for a col-
lision with teammate Lewis
Hamilton at last weekend s Belgian
Grand Prix that deepened the rift
between the two rivals for the
The tension between the Mer-
cedes pair ratcheted up Sunday
when Hamilton claimed Rosberg
had admitted to deliberately driving
into him on the second lap of the
race at Spa. The crash effectively
ended Hamilton s hopes of victory
---he sustained a puncture to his
tire and had to later retire---and
Rosberg placed second to increase
his championship lead over Hamil-
ton to 29 points.
The two drivers attended a meet-
ing at the team s headquarters in
Brackley, England, on Friday along
with executive director Toto Wolff
and technical chief Paddy Lowe,
where Mercedes said Rosberg
"acknowledged his responsibility
for the contact" and "apologised
for this error of judgement."
"Suitable disciplinary measures
have been taken for the incident,"
the team added in a statement,
without disclosing the exact pun-
ishment for Rosberg.
"Lewis and Nico understand and
accept the team s No 1 rule: there
must be no contact between the
team s cars on track. It has been
made clear that another such inci-
dent will not be tolerated. But Nico
and Lewis are our drivers and we
believe in them."
Rosberg tops the drivers stand-
ings on 220 points, with Hamilton
in second place on 191. There are
seven races left, with double points
on offer for the season s last grand
prix in Abu Dhabi.
"The fans want to see a clean
fight until the end of the season
and that s what we want to give
them," Hamilton said in a statement
on his Web site. "It s going to be
a tough road from here but cham-
pionships have been won from
much further back than I am now."
Hamilton had been incensed by
Rosberg s risky overtaking move
that saw him clip and puncture the
Briton s left tire.
Froome finishes strong
after Vuelta tumble
other top riders. "I m
feeling okay, but you
definitely get the feeling
that when bad luck
comes, it comes more
than once," Froome said.
"But all things consid-
ered I m feeling all right
and I think I got off rel-
Froome is in fourth
place now at 20 seconds
behind race leader Ale-
jandro Valverde after
seven stages. Nairo
Quintana is in second
place at 15 seconds back,
while Alberto Contador
trails by 18 seconds.
"I ll definitely take
that after a stage like
today," Froome said. "At
the end of the race you
might need all the sec-
onds you can to defend
your place. I ll keep
ALCAUDETE---Results Friday from
the seventh stage of the 69th
Spanish Vuelta, a 169-kilometer
(105-mile) ride from Alhendin to
Alcaudete (rider, country, team,
1. Alessandro de Marchi, Italy,
Cannondale, 4 hours, 1 minute, 52
2. Ryder Hesjedal, Canada, Garmin
Sharp, 1 minute, 34 seconds behind.
3. Hubert Dupont, France, AG2R La
4. Johann Tschopp, Switzerland,
IAM, same time.
5. Philippe Gilbert, Belgium, BMC,
6. Daniel Martin, Ireland, Garmin
Sharp, same time.
7. Chris Froome, Britain, Sky, 2:18.
8. Gianluca Brambilla, Italy, Omega
9. Alejandro Valverde, Spain,
Movistar, same time.
10. Alberto Contador, Spain, Tinkoff-
Saxo, same time.
(After 7 of 21 stages)
1. Alejandro Valverde, Spain,
Movistar, 26 hours, 52 minutes, 20
2. Nairo Quintana, Colombia,
Movistar, 15 seconds behind.
3. Alberto Contador, Spain, Tinkoff-
4. Chris Froome, Britain, Sky, :20.
5. Esteban Chaves Rubio, Colombia,
Orica GreenEdge, :41.
6. Joaquin Rodriguez, Spain,
7. Robert Gesink, Netherlands,
8. Fabio Aru, Italy, Astana, :58.
9. Warren Barguil, France, 1:02.
10. Wilco Kelderman, Netherlands,
SPANISH VUELTA RESULTS
Mercedes disciplines Rosberg over Spa collision
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