Horner Climbs to Victory in Stage 10 of Vuelta; Reclaims Red Jersey
Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) became the oldest man to win a Grand Tour stage or lead a Grand Tour by winning Stage 3 of this year’s Vuelta a Espana. Today, the American veteran repeated the feat. Horner surged away from the red jersey group in the last five km to win the mountainous, 186.8-km ride from Torredelcampo to Guejar Sierra in 4:30:22. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) took second at 0:48, and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) outsprinted Ivan Basso (Cannondale) for third at 1:02.
then the others would play with some tactics behind me with none of them really wanting to work too hard. I don’t have quick acceleration, but once I get up to speed I can maintain it. So I knew if I could get a small gap I would be able to keep that speed all the way to the finish.”
Despite grabbing the red jersey today, Horner does not expect to have it after Stage 11. “I don’t expect to hold the jersey after the time trial – that isn’t my specialty and Nibali is a very good time trialist. I have a little bit of a time cushion now but I’m sure Nibali knew he could give me some time before the time trial and not worry about it. I can stay very close after that until we go to another mountain stage and that will decide this Vuelta. As you can see, every top rider is alone on the last climb, so it’s going to get down to tactics every time.”
In the overall, Horner leads Nibali by 0:43 and Roche by 0:53. Tomorrow is the 2013 Vuelta’s first rest day, and the riders and team managers will recharge and plot strategies. Stage 11 will be the 2013 Vuelta’s only individual time trial. The 38.8-km ride in Tarazona will feature a Category 3 ascent that the riders will tackle early in the race. Two-time world time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) should win, but the key question is how the GC contenders will do. Nibali is probably the best time trialist of the heads of state, so he should get close to the red jersey. But will he regain the overall lead? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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