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Horner makes history with Vuelta win


Horner makes history with Vuelta win


American Chris Horner made history on Sunday when he became the oldest Grand Tour winner when he sealed overall victory at the Tour of Spain.

The RadioShack rider – who turns 42 next month – boasted a 37 second lead over pre-race favourite and Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy heading into the final stage which was an easy 109.6 kilometre ride to Madrid.

With no real test for the peloton Horner’s victory – bar accident – was assured.

After the customary photo calls at the front of the peloton the real racing began once the field hit the final circuits through the Spanish capital.

And on the final straight to the line the sprint was on.

American Tyler Farrar made the dash early but Australian Michael Matthews was quick to react and outgunned his rival for his second stage win of the race.

Horner crossed over safely in the bunch to etch his name into the history books as the oldest Grand Tour winner – the previous record holder was Belgian Firmin Lambot, who won the 1922 Tour de France at the age of 36.

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