Veteran Horner secures Vuelta crown with Roche an impressive fifth
American Chris Horner became the oldest winner of a Grand Tour when he took the overall classification of the Tour of Spain on Sunday for the biggest win of his long career.
RadioShack rider Horner, who turns 42 next month, left the sprinters to fight out the 21st and final stage of the three-week Vuelta and finished safely in the bunch to secure the race victory 37 seconds ahead of Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali. Spain's Alejandro Valverde was third overall.
Ireland's Nicolas Roche secured the greatest result of his career by finishing in fifth overall 7:11 behind Horner after he finsihed in the bunch today also.
The stage win went to Australia's Michael Matthews in a bunch sprint. with American Tyler Farrar second and Germany's Niklas Arndt third.
It was a maiden Grand Tour win for Horner. The Tour of Spain is one of cycling's three Grand Tours along with the Giro and the Tour de France.
* Read Nicolas Roche's Vuelta diary in tomorrow's Irish Independent