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In this November 4, 2008, file photo, trainer Bart Cummings, left, holds a Melbourne Cup winner's trophy
after jockey Blake Shinn, right, riding "Viewed" won the race at Flemmington race coarse in Melbourne,
Australia. Cummings, one of Australia's top racehorse trainers who won the Melbourne Cup a record 12
times, died Sunday at the age of 87. Australia's most-successful racehorse trainer, Cummings, was
farewelled at a state funeral yesterday at which he was remembered as an icon and a legend who gave
advice which was "unequivocal, unabashed, uncensored."
In his homily at St Mary's Cathedral to a congregation which included state and federal politicians, racing
luminaries and the fans who backed his horses, Father Adrian Meaney said Cummings had "finished the
race of his lifetime." Son Anthony---also a trainer---said Cummings "was more than a horseman." He was
"an icon, a legend, all of that, built from flames and hardship." AP PHOTO
ERMITA DE ALBA---Joaquim
Rodriguez took over the lead of the
Spanish Vuelta after a grueling 16th
stage won by Frank Schleck of Lux-
embourg in the northern mountains
Schleck shed fellow escapee Rodolfo
Torres on the final of seven climbs
before finishing atop the special-cat-
egory peak at Ermita de Alba in 5 hours,
49 minutes, 56 seconds.
"I had forgotten about the general
classification and winning this stage
makes it worth it," said the 35-year-
old Schleck, who has two career stage
wins at the Tour de France.
Rodriguez also attacked on the last
uphill push of the 185-kilometre (114.9-
mile) stage to turn a one-second deficit
into a one-second lead over Italian
Fabio Aru, who ceded him the red
leader s jersey.
"The pace was horrendous and that
left me with doubts until I could get
some air on the hardest part of the
climb and with the little I had left I
went for it," Rodriguez said.
Tom Dumoulin, the Dutch time-trial
specialist, stuck with the climbers for
a third straight day and could shoot
for the red leader s jersey in the only
individual time trial of the three-week
race on Wednesday. Tuesday is a rest
"After Wednesday s time trial we will
know a bit more about my chances,"
Dumoulin said. "Even if my time trial
is really good, there will be three hard
days to go."
Polish rider Rafal Majka also
remained in contention in third place
at 1 minute, 35 seconds back.
Dumoulin only dropped behind
Rodriguez and the small group of the
hardiest riders over the last kilometer,
falling to 1 minute, 51 seconds behind.
Despite taking the lead, Rodriguez
stuck with his prediction that Dumoulin
would take the red jersey away from
him after the time trial.
"It s very tough because he looks
good, loose, better than yesterday,"
Rodriguez said about Dumoulin. "And
surely after the rest day he will be con-
centrated on having a great time trial.
For me to win the Vuelta, he would
have to slip up and I would have to
have a perfect day."
The Grand Tour ends in Madrid on
lead in Vuelta
Lewis Hamilton wants to seal his
third Formula One world title in style
by winning all of the seven remaining
Hamilton is on course to become
the first British driver to successfully
defend his championship after can-
tering to victory in Monza.
The 30-year-old, who survived a
post-race investigation into a tyre
pressure breach, led every lap en route
to his seventh win of the season.
It means Hamilton, now 53 points
ahead of Nico Rosberg - who retired
after his engine blew up with only
two laps left - can now afford to finish
second at the final races of the season
and still be crowned the champion.
But such a prospect has not crossed
the Briton s mind.
"You guys come up with those sta-
tistics each year but it is absolutely
irrelevant - I have got to win every
race from now on," Hamilton said.
"I don t go into the next races
thinking I have got to finish second.
I think that I have got to win every
Hamilton was fastest in every prac-
tice and qualifying session before lead-
ing from start to finish. He also posted
the fastest lap of the race to complete
the so-called grand slam for only the
second time in his career.
"I feel this weekend is the best I
have driven," said Hamilton, who
became the first driver since Damon
Hill in 1994 to win in Monza in two
"I feel seriously strong now with
the way I am driving and the way I
feel with this car, and the way I gel
with the engineers - they are doing
an incredible job. No matter what is
thrown at us as a team we will fight
In contrast to his Mercedes team-
mate, Rosberg endured a painful
weekend. The German had already
been forced to revert to an older, less
powerful engine when his race expired
in the closing stages.
"I thought he finished third so when
championship, I was like what are
you taking about ," Hamilton added.
"I am disappointed for the team,
but other people I know would be like
yes but for some reason I don t have
that in me.
"When I shake his hand I feel bad
because I know what it is like to be
in that position. I have had it in the
past, I had issues last year and I know
what it is like to lose when you are
doing everything perfect.
"He has been driving fantastically
well and conducting himself well."
Hamilton aims to
seal title in style
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