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American Chris Horner wins Vuelta, as Nicolas Roche finishes fifth overall

The result represents a career-best performance for the Irish cyclist.

Nicolas Roche (file pic).
Nicolas Roche (file pic).

AMERICAN CHRIS HORNER became the oldest ever winner of a cycling Grand Tour as the 41-year-old sealed his victory in the Tour of Spain in Madrid on Sunday.

Australian Michael Matthews won the 21st stage of the race around the capital’s city centre in a bunch sprint.

Horner finished amongst the peloton, but maintained his 37-second advantage over Italian Vincenzo Nibali with Spain’s Alejandro Valverde taking third.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Roche came 46th in today’s stage and finished fifth overall — a career-best performance for the cyclist and the best Irish performance at a Grand Tour since Sean Kelly in 1988.

Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy

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