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Bend's Chris Horner leading Tour of Spain

Published On: Sep 14 2013 12:44:14 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 14 2013 12:44:26 AM CDT

The Bend Olympic cyclist is excited to get back on the bike after missing out on the Tour de France.

OVIEDO, Spain (AP) -- American veteran Chris Horner of Bend, Ore., took the lead of the Tour of Spain in a mountainous 19th stage won by Joaquim Rodriguez on Friday.

Entering the day 3 seconds behind overnight leader Vincenzo Nibali, the 41-year-old Horner pulled away from the Giro d'Italia champion over the final uphill ascent to the finish line to claim a 3-second lead with just two days left.

Rodriguez used an explosive burst of speed to get his first stage victory of this edition with a winning time of more than 4 hours.

The penultimate stage is an 88-mile course that takes riders over three major summits before a last ascent of a special-category climb to the Alto de l'Angliru peak before the traditional finish in Madrid on Sunday.

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