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Horner leads Vuelta after stage three triumph.

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Horner leads Vuelta after stage three triumph.
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Christopher Horner enjoyed a double success on Monday when the American veteran won stage three of the Tour of Spain and with it jumped into the overall race lead.

The stage saw the peloton tackle 172.5 kilometres from Vigo to Mirador de Lobeira in the north-west of the country.

As expected the final ascent of the day was where the serious attacks began.

With 2.8 kilometres to go, Spain’s Juan Antonio Flecha of the Vacansoleil made his move. But he was soon caught and passed by Italy’s Ivan Santaromita of the BMC outfit.

It was a brave effort by the Italian champion but it wasn’t to last. Horner was the next to go and timed it perfectly. The 41-year old proved he’s still got what it takes to stun the younger guns.

He caught Santaromita with ease and then soloed all the way to the summit finish line.

Horner will now take the leader’s red jersey into stage four holding a three-second advantage over pre-tour favourite Vincenzo Nibali of Italy who finished 11th.