Horner Wins Vuelta; Matthews Wins Final Stage
The 2013 Vuelta a Espana is history. It was history not simply as a cycling event but because Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) became the first American to win the Vuelta. In addition, he became, at 41 years old, the oldest cyclist to win a Grand Tour. Horner claimed victory at the conclusion of the 21st and final stage of the race. Michael Matthews (GreenEdge) won the flat, 109.6-km run from Leganes to Madrid in 2:44:00. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) finished second, and Niklas Arndt (Argos-Shimano) took third.
16 and 14, and my son is 11 so they are old enough to appreciate this. Many riders winning in their 20s and early 30s have small children but mine are at the age where they can appreciate what Dad is doing. When I get back, it will be quite the topic at home.
“Every year I am motivated to win and try to be the best cyclist I can be. I’ve had great times throughout my career with victories standing on podiums. Every victory is special but today is an amazing day. I hope the fans appreciated this race. It’s so complicated to get to this point and then have such good luck, to stay healthy and not crash at the wrong moment. All factors have to come together just right to bring home the win.”
Horner won the Vuelta by 0:37 over Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and 1:36 over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). In other competitions, Valverde won the points jersey, Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) took the mountain ranking, and Horner and Euskaltel-Euskadi won the mountain and team rankings, respectively. Many of the riders of the Vuelta will race in the world championships and the Giro di Lombardia. Check in at www.roadcycling.com to see how they fare!
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