American veteran Chris Horner regained the overall race lead at this year’s Tour of Spain on Monday after he won stage 10 to Alto Hazallanas.
At 41-years-old Horner became cycling’s oldest Grand Tour stage winner and race leader after his stage three triumph at Lobeira last weekend.
And he proved once again he still has what it takes to upstage the young guns with a stunning ride over Monday’s 186.8 kilomtre ride – the last of three consecutive difficult mountain stages.
Spain’s Igor Anton was first to make a break for it on the final climb of the day but he was soon reeled in. Overnight leader Dani Moreno was unable to keep up and fell off the back.
RadioShack’s Horner then attacked the leading group of six riders with four kilometres to the summit finish line.
Pre-tour favourite and overall title rival Vincenzo Nibali gave a lone pursuit of the American but it was in vain as Horner danced out of his saddle and across the line with a 48 second advantage over the Italian.
Horner now holds a 43 second lead over Nibali in the general standings with Ireland’s Nicolas Roche third a further ten seconds back ahead of Wednesday’s 38 kilometre individual time trial in Tarazona.