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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win of the
nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 138 kilometres (85.7
miles) with start in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and finish in La Toussuire, France,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
LA TOUSSUIRE---An angry Chris
Froome accused Vincenzo Nibali
of "unsportsmanlike" behaviour
after the defending Tour de
France champion accelerated
away when the race leader
stopped with a stuck wheel on
the toughest Alpine climb yester-
ay.Nibali, who went on to win
Stage 19, said Froome tore into
him verbally at the finish.
"He was very angry but that s
his problem," the 2014 Tour win-
Froome said a stone or piece of
asphalt jammed between his brake
and rear wheel on the Col de la
Croix de Fer climb, forcing him
to pull up momentarily to unjam
it. While Froome stopped, Nibali
Stopping short of saying Nibali
should have waited for him,
Froome said: "It was almost as if
my mechanical (problem) pro-
voked his attack."
At the finish, Froome added, "I
told him exactly what I thought
Nibali s win on the exhausting
Alpine stage rescued what has
otherwise been a disappointing
Tour for the Italian.
There were also fireworks in the
race and another spectator inci-
dent appearing to involve Froome.
On the stage s final climb to the
La Toussuire ski station, Nairo
Quintana launched his most sus-
tained and telling attack against
Froome, and this time got the bet-
ter of the 2013 champion.
Showing for the first time at
this Tour that he s not untouch-
able, Froome chose not to stay
with the Colombian, his closest
rival, as he accelerated away and
started eating into the British
rider s overall race lead.
Froome said he preferred to save
energy for today s last Alpine
stage, which features two very
hard climbs. So he rode steadily,
limiting the damage, rather than
hunt down Quintana, he said.
"He s still got very good legs,"
Froome said. As the Movistar rider
powered away, Froome said he
told himself: " I don t need to
panic but I do need to keep some-
thing in reserve. "
Froome s reduced lead of 2 min-
utes, 38 seconds over Quintana,
down from 3:10 at the start,
should still be enough to get the
British rider through the last com-
petitive day in the Alps before the
final stage to Paris on Sunday,
which is largely ceremonial and
won t change the overall podium
Still, the smaller cushion will
force Froome to watch Quintana
very carefully on Saturday and
means he cannot afford a bad day
on the two huge "Hors Categorie"
climbs, meaning they re so tough
they defy categorisation.
The last of those, up 21 hairpin
bends to the Alpe d Huez ski sta-
tion, is cycling s most iconic
ascent and will be lined with
screaming spectators, a thrilling
finale to another spectacular Tour.
"It s the final test," said Froome.
"I m in a great position," he
added. "I can t wait to get up
The dispute with Nibali wasn t
Froome s only problem.
TV images of the final climb
appeared to show a spectator
stepping into the road and spitting
as the race leader sped past.
Froome said he didn t see the
spectator but called his behaviour
"appalling." Earlier in the Tour,
Froome said another spectator
threw a cup of urine at him and
another punched his teammate
"We are human beings," he said.
"You can t come to a bike race to
spit at people, or to punch them
or to throw urine at them."
As for Nibali, the Italian said
he didn t see that Froome had
pulled up on the Croix de Fer,
even though television images
appeared to show him looking
back over his left shoulder at the
Team Sky rider before accelerating
Nibali said he was speaking to
a teammate, not looking back at
Froome, and that he always had
planned to attack on that climb.
The manager of his Astana team,
Alexandre Vinokourov, defended
him, saying: "Vincenzo doesn t
have eyes in the back of his head."
Nibali said he was "very dis-
appointed" at the way Froome
spoke to him at the finish with
language "too hard and too unjust
to be repeated."
He added that as far as he is
concerned, no rule says other rid-
ers must wait when a race leader
has an accident.
After fixing his bike, Froome
rode furiously to catch back up
with other podium contenders.
But Nibali was long gone, chasing
after French rider Pierre Rolland,
who summited the Croix de Fer
Hitting speeds of 70 kph (45
mph) on the descent and shaving
the edges of the bends, Nibali then
caught Rolland and overtook him
on the final climb to La Toussuire.
Sweat pouring off his legs, he
rode solo to the finish, with the
cross from the chain around his
neck in his mouth at the end.
Riding with the No 1 bib as the
defending champion, Nibali has
had a tough Tour, unable to match
Froome. He started the day in sev-
enth place, 8:04 behind.
But with the time clawed back
on his winning ride, Nibali jumped
to fourth place, now 6:44 behind
Froome and possibly within sight
of a podium spot. Third-placed
Alejandro Valverde is 1:19 ahead
of the Italian. (AP)
Fireworks on Tour as
Nibali and Froome fight
champion Lewis Hamilton looks
ominously quick as he bids to win
the Hungarian Grand Prix for a
fifth time, topping both practices
yesterday while his Mercedes
teammate and title rival Nico Ros-
berg struggled for consistency.
Hamilton will be confident of
securing a ninth pole position in
10 races this season when quali-
fying starts today.
"I m starting to think this might
be my favorite track," said the
British driver, who has a third-
place finish here to add to his wins.
"It s so fun to drive with the com-
bination of corners and undula-
tions. The way it all flows together
just feels old school."
Rosberg has never secured a
podium finish on the Hungaroring
circuit, however, and the German
driver ended the day in pensive
mood. After finishing second in
the morning session, he dropped
to fourth in the afternoon s second
run, a distant .719 seconds behind
"It went from oversteer to
understeer, a bit difficult to explain,
but I was always chasing my tail
in a way," said Rosberg, who trails
Hamilton by 17 points in the title
race. On an encouraging day for
Red Bull, Daniil Kvyat posted the
second quickest time ahead of
Daniel Ricciardo, who went off the
track with smoke billowing from
his car with about 20 minutes
remaining, bringing out the red
flag for the third time on the day.
It came out twice in the morn-
ing, first when Mexican driver Ser-
gio Perez emerged unscathed from
a crash and when veteran Finnish
driver Kimi Raikkonen lost his Fer-
rari front wing. On a tricky day
for Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel twice
lost control of his car in the second
session, finishing seventh best.
"We didn t get into the rhythm
today," said Vettel, who is 59 points
behind Hamilton in third place
overall. Hamilton s second run saw
him finish clear of Kvyat by .351
seconds, and Ricciardo, the winner
here last year, by .502.
Red Bull s best result this season
was at the Monaco GP, where
Kvyat finished fourth and Ricciardo
fifth. The tight and sinewy 4.4-
kilometer (3-mile) Hungaroring
track is similar to Monaco in the
sense that overtaking is very dif-
ficult, so straight line speed is
negated and a strong qualifying
result usually ensures a healthy
haul of points. (AP)
Hamilton eyes fifth win at Hungarian GP
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