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La Vuelta 2013 - Final
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/16/2013
La Vuelta 2013 - Final
2013 Daily Peloton

13 September April 2013: Stage 21 (Final) - Leganés to Madrid, 109.6km, Horner secures historic win a La Vuelta.

Christopher Horner finished the final stage into Madrid safely in the pack behind stage winner Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) to claim an historic Grand Tour victory. In addition to becoming the first American to win the overall in Spain, Horner, at 41 years of age, becomes the oldest rider to ever win a Grand Tour.  Horner turned professional in 1995 and raced mostly domestically after a brief stint in Europe.  He returned to European racing in 2004 and saw huge success in the Tour of the Basque Country in 2010 as well as the Amgen Tour of California in 2011, but the Tour of Spain win represents the biggest win of his long career.

“It’s been a fantastic Vuelta", said Horner, "I came here super motivated and the organizers gave a tailor-made course for my style of racing with only a short time trial. I don’t know if I believed I could win the Vuelta but I believed I could make the podium. It’s a lifetime of memories and hard work to get here. Every year of my 19-year long career, I’ve tried to be a better cyclist. Every victory is amazing and all Grand Tours have a special place in the memories of the riders, but this one will last for ever. It’s so complicated to get to this level. My daughters are 16 and 14, my son is 11, at the difference of most children of Grand Tour winners, they understand what they’re watching. Coming back home will be amazing too. Spain is always special to me. My character fits well with Spanish lifestyle. I particularly feel at home in the Basque country. I hope that people have enjoyed the show. There’s a possibility that I won’t continue with the same team-mates. I don’t know where I’m gonna be next year, I can’t talk about the Tour de France as long as I don’t know which team I’ll ride for but I want to race for another two seasons at least because my legs are feeling well and I’m psychologically very strong.”

The win didn’t come easy.  Horner first took the win in Stage 3 and earned his first red jersey, only to see it go to Vincenzo Nibali the next day when a gap opened up on the finish line.  Horner won a second time on Stage 10 to reclaim the race lead but again saw it go back to Nibali the following day.  The final taking came on Stage 19 and this time the lead stayed with him but not without a huge battle to keep it.  Nibali needed three seconds on the final summit of L’Angliru and took the fight to Horner on Stage 20, attacking over and over in an attempt to gain the upper hand.  But Horner defended and in the end held 37-seconds to the Italian rider.

Final Stage Summary

Following a quiet parade in the outskirts of Madrid through Pinto, the home of Alberto Contador who was busy contesting the GP of Montreal inCanada, the winners of the teams classification Euskaltel entered the capital at the front of the bunch as a symbolic “adios” from the folding Basque squad. Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) attacked at km 69. He was joined by Alessandro Vanotti (Astana) with 32km to go.

The leading duo was reeled in during the final lap while sprinters’ teams Sky, Argos-Shimano and Orica-GreenEdge geared up for the inevitable bunch gallop. In a contrasted Vuelta marked by an old overall winner and young stage winners, Matthews, 22, scored his second victory after stage 5 to Lagos de Sanabria.

Stage winner Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge): “It’s a dream come true. It’s one thing to come to a Grand Tour with good form and good spirit, it’s another thing to come out of a Grand Tour with two stage wins including the last one. I wasn’t expecting two stage wins. It was a difficult task for my team-mates to bring me to a sprint finish but they’ve done it at perfection, today and the rest of the Tour. I couldn’t ask for more. My victories come from the team spirit and all the work done with my coach, Brian Stephens. In the third week of the Vuelta, I didn’t think too much of this stage inMadrid. I was more concerned about not wasting energy. There weren’t maybe all the best sprinters in the world at this Vuelta, but the sprints were also not the usual ones. The sprinters that were here are the world’s top sprinters on this terrain. To win on the Champs-Elysées at the Tour de France as well as here is a bit of a step but that’s my goal for the future. I first have to make the Tour team.”

La Vuelta 2013

Christopher Horner © La Vuelta

La Vuelta 2013

Michael Matthews © La Vuelta

La Vuelta 2014 In 2014, the 69th, will kick off from Cadix, Andalucia, in the far south ofSpain.

Stage 21 Result - Top 10

1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:44:00  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
3 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
4 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
5 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida    
6 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
7 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
8 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano    
9 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    
10 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    

Final Results Summary:

Points classification

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 152  pts
2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 126  
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 125  

Mountain Classification

1 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 46  pts
2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 32  
3 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 30  

Team Classification

1 Euskaltel - Euskadi 253:29:35
2 Movistar Team 0:01:02
3 Astana Pro Team 0:01:30

General Classification Final after 21 Stages - Full

1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 84:36:04
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:37
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:36
4 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:03:22
5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:07:11
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:00
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) 0:08:41
8 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:09:51
9 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:10:11
10 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:13:11
11 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:14:05
12 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:16:48
13 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:17:34
14 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:19:26
15 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:22:04
16 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:25:03
17 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:25:06
18 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:27:02
19 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:32:52
20 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:33:05
21 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:35:22
22 Jose Joao Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:39:25
23 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:49:36
24 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:50:23
25 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:51:17
26 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:57:32
27 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:57:49
28 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:59:55
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 1:01:08
30 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:12:18
31 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:17:42
32 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:19:34
33 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) 1:22:43
34 Anthony Roux (Fra) 1:25:44
35 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura 1:26:14
36 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano 1:28:03
37 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:33:54
38 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 1:36:49
39 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:37:26
40 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:37:43
41 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1:38:50
42 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:41:15
43 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:43:02
44 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:46:53
45 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team 1:48:25
46 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:48:50
47 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) 1:51:39
48 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:52:24
49 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 1:52:54
50 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:54:14
51 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:59:16
52 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:59:34
53 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2:03:08
54 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:03:20
55 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling 2:05:02
56 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:05:39
57 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:07:58
58 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2:14:16
59 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 2:16:56
60 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 2:17:18
61 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 2:18:16
62 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 2:19:34
63 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:20:01
64 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 2:25:57
65 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 2:26:34
66 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2:29:16
67 Iker Camano (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 2:32:39
68 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 2:32:44
69 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:36:08
70 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2:36:45
71 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:38:19
72 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2:39:35
73 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 2:41:03
74 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling 2:43:18
75 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2:43:22
76 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 2:43:31
77 Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 2:49:32
78 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:51:22
79 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 2:51:56
80 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha 2:52:25
81 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:52:37
82 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 2:53:42
83 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 2:55:58
84 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 2:59:04
85 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard 3:01:08
86 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 3:01:23
87 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 3:01:24
88 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp 3:01:57
89 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:02:11
90 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3:03:39
91 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:05:03
92 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha 3:08:27
93 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp 3:08:45
94 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:10:09
95 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:11:50
96 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 3:12:43
97 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3:21:31
98 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano 3:22:28
99 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:22:56
100 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:24:16
101 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 3:26:23
102 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 3:27:15
103 Cédric Pineau (Fra) 3:27:59
104 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:30:11
105 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 3:31:07
106 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:32:48
107 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 3:36:53
108 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 3:37:23
109 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3:37:49
110 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:40:30
111 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:46:01
112 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp 3:47:47
113 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team 3:54:57
114 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:57:27
115 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:58:50
116 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano 4:00:15
117 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4:03:53
118 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4:04:39
119 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 4:04:54
120 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 4:05:49
121 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4:05:50
122 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4:08:50
123 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 4:10:49
124 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 4:12:26
125 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4:14:05
126 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 4:14:27
127 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4:15:12
128 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4:16:29
129 Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:16:31
130 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4:19:20
131 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha 4:19:31
132 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) 4:20:39
133 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura 4:21:54
134 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp 4:23:03
135 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 4:23:34
136 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 4:24:05
137 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 4:27:07
138 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4:27:23
139 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4:28:21
140 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4:28:38
141 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 4:30:58
142 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 4:47:03
143 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:48:47
144 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:49:30


Race Route for 2013

La Vuelta 2013

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