Horner Takes Stage 3 of Vuelta and Red Jersey
Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) has won Stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana. The American jumped into the lead in the last km of the 184.8-km ride from Vigo to Vilagarcia de Arousa, winning in 4:30:18. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) outsprinted Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) for second at 0:03. Horner is the new red jersey.
all of these world class riders, you know you are one of the best riders, too, and it’s a wonderful feeling.”
Horner’s season has been difficult because of a knee injury, but he found his form in the nick of time. “I hurt my knee earlier in the year,” he said. “[The Tour of] Utah was my first race since the end of March, but I’m back now and I feel good and motivated to win some races. I’ve trained very hard, and now I’m back to work. I wanted to take the jersey today. That was my plan and I hope to keep it as long as possible.”
The RadioShack-Leopard man is one of the oldest riders in the peloton (41 years old), but he still feels that he can race with the young guys, and he has no plans to retire. Horner said, “Everyone keeps asking me when I am going to retire, but I won’t do that until I feel like I’m just suffering all day on the bike and never winning bike races. At this moment, I feel like I can keep racing forever.” He added that RadioShack-Leopard brought a strong contingent to the Vuelta. “We will work for more stage wins too--I think I can win the Vuelta,” he said.
In the overall, Horner leads Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) by 0:06 and Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) by 0:14. The 189-km ride from Lalin to Fisterra has only one categorized climb, but it has many short, punchy climbs and an uphill finish. A small group should fight for the win. Who will be in it? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!