Posted: Friday September 13, 2013 12:05 PM

Horner takes Vuelta lead in stage won by Rodriguez

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OVIEDO, Spain (AP) - American veteran Christopher Horner took the lead of the Spanish Vuelta 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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