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MENDE---A spectator yelling
"doper!" hurled a cup of urine at
Chris Froome, the Tour de France
leader said, on yesterday s Stage
14 won by fellow British rider
Froome blamed "very irrespon-
sible" reporters for whipping up
public opinion against him and his
Some 50 kilometres (30 miles)
into the stage from Rodez, the yel-
low jersey wearer said he spotted
a roadside spectator acting
"I saw this guy just peering
around and I thought, That looks
a bit strange, " he said. "As I got
there he just sort of launched this
cup toward me and said (in French)
"No mistake, it was urine," he
said. "That s unacceptable on so
Just as he did in winning the
Tour for the first time in 2013,
Froome has faced pointed ques-
tions about his dominant perform-
ance---and that of his team---along
with insinuations of doping.
His Sky team-mate Richie Porte
said another person, also seemingly
a spectator, thumped him with a
"full-on punch" a few days earlier
on a climb in the Pyrenees. Porte
suggested journalists may be put-
ting riders in danger by "whipping
up all the rubbish that they are."
Froome echoed that thinking.
"I certainly wouldn t blame the
public for this," he said. "I would
blame some of the reporting on
the race that has been very irre-
"It is no longer the riders who
are bringing the sport into disre-
pute now, it s those individuals,
and they know who they are."
He refused to identify specific
journalists or reports, but said:
"They set that tone to people and
obviously people believe what they
see in the media."
Generations of dopers, none
more famous than Lance Arm-
strong, have left trust in short sup-
ply in cycling and Froome s repeat-
ed assurances that he is clean have
fallen on deaf ears.
"If this is part of the process we
have to go through to get the sport
to the better place, obviously I m
here, I m doing it," he said. "I m
not going to give up the race
because a few guys are shouting
"Unfortunately this is the legacy
that has been handed to us by the
people before us, people who have
won the Tour only to disappoint
fans a few years later," he added.
Although such assaults remain
rare, Froome is not the first rider
in Tour history to have been
doused by urine, nor is Porte the
first to be punched. Still, the
unpleasant affair put a dampener
on a day when Froome extended
his already comfortable race lead,
with the Alps looming next week
as the last major obstacle between
him and a second victory in Paris.
Cummings got South African
team MTN-Qhubeka its first win,
on the day that South Africans
celebrate as International Nelson
Cummings ambushed two
French riders, Romain Bardet and
Thibaut Pinot, on a short flat sec-
tion after the steep final climb of
the 178-kilometre (111-mile) stage.
The west-to-east route wound
through plains and hills on the
fringes of the Massif Central
region, and swung through the
breathtaking Tarn gorges.
"Fantastic," Cummings said of
His team wore special helmets
in Mandela s honour and met
yesterrday morning to concoct a
winning strategy for a day that is
meant to encourage South Africans
to emulate his humanitarian legacy
and to recognise the decades he
spent fighting apartheid.
Bardet and Pinot reached the
summit together on the short but
very sharp final ascent, only for
Cummings to speed past them and
take the win on an airfield above
the town of Mende.
Bardet said he and Pinot were
guilty of watching each other too
much, neglecting the danger from
Cummings catching them from
There were changes in the over-
all standings. Tejay van Garderen,
who had been second overall,
struggled on the final ascent and
couldn t stay with Froome and
Nairo Quintana, who had been
third overall at the start of the
Froome beat Quintana to the
line with a finishing sprint. He
now has an overall lead of three
minutes, ten seconds over Quin-
tana, who vaulted into second
place. Van Garderen is third. (AP)
Race leader Froome
doused in urine at Tour
Mona Barthel of Germany beat Lara
Arruabarrena of Spain 6--3, 6--2 yes-
terday to line up a Swedish Open
final against local hope Johanna
Larsson beat Yulia Putintseva of
Kazakhstan 6--4, 6--2 to reach her third
Bastad final. She lost to Slovenia s
Polona Hercog in 2011 and Serena
Williams in 2013.
"It was difficult to play today (yes-
terday), but it felt like Putintseva was
more disturbed by the wind," Larsson
said after their first encounter.
She was looking forward to today s
final against Barthel.
"I have been beaten a few times by
Barthel so it will be nice with a revenge
game at home," the Swede said.
Arruabarrena broke Barthel three
times, but lost her own serve six times.
Barthel to defend Swedish Open title
Errani of Italy ruined Romanian hopes
when she beat Monica Niculescu 5--7,
6--1, 6--2 to reach the Bucharest Open
Errani will face seventh-seeded Anna
Karolina Schmiedlova on Sunday in
their second final of the year. Errani
beat the Slovak in straight sets in the
Rio de Janeiro final in February.
That was Errani s eighth career title.
Schmiedlova finally broke through for
her first in April, at Katowice, Poland.
Schmiedlova beat unseeded Polona
Hercog of Slovenia 6--4, 6--3 in 35-
degree (95ºF) heat.
Errani played an hour longer to over-
Errani had to save 11 of 15 break points
to end Niculescu s run to the semifinals
for a second straight year in her adopted
Errani vs Schmiedlova
in Bucharest Open final
Belgium and Argentina set up a
Davis Cup semifinal in September,
while Britain took the lead against
France, and Australia stayed alive
in the quarterfinals yesterday.
Belgium reached its first semis since
1999 when Ruben Bemelmans and
Kimmer Coppejans won the doubles
for an unbeatable 3--0 lead over
Canada on clay in Ostend.
Bemelmans and his fifth different
partner in Davis Cup, Coppejans, beat
Daniel Nestor and Canada s own
newcomer, Adil Shamasdin, 7--5, 3--6,
6--4, 6--3 in two-and-a-half hours.
Coppejans, the Junior French Open
champion three years ago, served out
the last game to love for the win in
his first Davis Cup rubber.
Canada wasn t expected to fare
well after arriving without injured
top-30 players Milos Raonic and
Argentina will travel to Belgium in
three months after putting away Ser-
bia 3--0 thanks to first-time Davis
Cup pair Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo
Mayer sweeping aside Nenad Zimon-
jic and Viktor Troicki 6--2, 6--4, 6--1.
Troicki, who lost his singles on Fri-
day from two sets up, was a gamble
that didn t pay off, as he was listless
in a pairing that didn t even earn a
break point chance on the indoor clay
in Buenos Aires.
Novak Djokovic wasn t available
for Serbia after winning Wimbledon
Argentina, a four-time runner-up,
last met Belgium, the runner-up in
1904, in 1948.
On the grass at Queen s Club in
London, brothers Andy and Jamie
Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
and Nicolas Mahut 4--6, 6--3, 7--6
(5), 6--1 for Britain to lead France 2--1.
"We played an unbelievably high-
level match against a top team," Andy
Murray said. "It was an absolutely
fantastic atmosphere. To play and
represent your country with your
brother in a match like this is very
The Murrays had not played
together since losing in the second
round at Indian Wells in 2013.
Third-ranked Murray is set to play
11th-ranked Gilles Simon in the first
of the reverse singles today, giving
him an opportunity to put Britain
into the semifinals for the first time
since 1981. France was runner-up last
Murray, who beat Tsonga in singles
on Friday, took a tumble yesterrday
and hurt his hip, but said he ll be OK
Australia avoided defeat in Darwin
against Kazakhstan when Lleyton
Hewitt and Sam Groth beat Andrey
Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov
6--4, 7--6 (4), 6--2.
But the odds remain in Kaza-
khstan s favour. Australia has come
back from 2--0 down only once, in
the 1939 final against the United
Today, Australia No 1 Nick Kyrgios
opens the reverse singles against
Mikhail Kukushkin, and Thanasi
Kokkinakis is scheduled to play
Kazakhstan, competing in Davis
Cup as an independent team since
1995, is attempting to advance to the
semifinals for the first time.
reach Davis Cup semis
...Brits lead France
Formula One driver Jules
Bianchi has died in a French hos-
pital from head injuries sustained
in a crash at last year s Japanese
He was 25.
The Bianchi family announced
the death in a statement issued in
the early hours of yesterday morn-
ing. Bianchi had been in a coma
since the October 5 accident, in
which he collided at high speed
with a mobile crane which was
being used to pick up another
The family statement said "Jules
fought right to the very end, as he
always did, but today his battle
came to an end. The pain we feel
is immense and indescribable."
Bianchi competed in 34 races
over the 2013 and 2014 seasons,
scoring the first ever championship
points for Manor---then known as
Marussia---by finishing ninth at
last year s Monaco Grand Prix.
The Manor team tweeted: "We
are devastated to lose Jules after
such a hard-fought battle. It was
a privilege to have him race for our
Bianchi is the first driver to die
of injuries sustained in an F1 race
since three-time world champion
Ayrton Senna was killed at the
1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
"The world of motor sport is in
mourning today," motorsports
governing body said in a statement.
"Jean Todt, FIA President,
expressed his deepest condolences
to Jules family and recognised the
great pain being felt by the Bianchi
family and those close to them."
Bianchi died at the Centre Hos-
pitalier Universitaire in his home-
town of Nice, where he had been
since his emergency treatment in
Japan in the days after the acci-
Bianchi dies from injuries
sustained in 2014 crash
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