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# @@ # snabel-a!! Chris Horner extended his overall lead over Vincenzo Nibali after finishing second on the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana.

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# @@ # @!! American Horner, 41, took a three-second lead over Nibali in the previous stage and stretched it to 37 seconds on the summit finish at Alto de l’Angliru.

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# @@ # @!! Horner was 26 seconds behind France ‘s Kenny Elissonde, the stage winner, with Nibali 54 seconds back in fourth.

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# @@ # snabel-a!! The year ‘s final Grand Tour race finishes in Madrid on Sunday.

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# @@ # @!! RadioShack ‘s Horner had to repel repeated assaults by Nibali in the closing phases, but wore down the &# 14; Giro d’Italia winner &# 14; by the foggy finish.

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# @@ # snabel-a!! ” Nibali ‘s attacks get this win much more epic, the followers must have been on the edges of the seats back home, ” said Horner.

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# @@ # @!! Asked if this individual needed time to realise he was about the brink of his first Grand Tour victory, Horner replied: ” Inde i ‘ve had lots of time to consider it, about how much suffering it ‘s taken to get this. What I ‘m sensation today will last a lifetime “.

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# @@ # @!! Horner ended 28 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde in 3rd, with Nibali given the same time within fourth.

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# @@ # @!! Valverde is third overall, one minute 36 seconds behind Horner, with Ireland ‘s Nicolas Roche in fifth.

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# @@ # @!! # @@ # snabel-a!! # @@ # snabel-a!! Results of stage 20:

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# @@ # @!! 1 . Kenny Elissonde ( Fra/FDJ.fr ) 3:55:36 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # snabel-a!! 2. Chris Horner ( US/RadioShack ) +26 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! Alejandro Valverde ( Spa/Movistar ) +54″ # @@ # snabel-a!!

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# @@ # @!! 4. Vincenzo Nibali ( Ita/Astana ) # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! five. Andre Cardoso ( Por/Caja Non-urban ) # @@ # snabel-a!!

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# @@ # @!! 6. Dominik Nerz ( Ger/BMC Racing ) # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # snabel-a!! 7. Jose Mendes ( Por/NetApp ) +1:15 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 8. Joaquim Rodriguez ( Spa/Katusha ) +1:45 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 9. Serge Pauwels ( Bel/Omega Pharma — Quick-Step) +1:52 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 10. Thibaut Pinot ( Fra/FDJ.fr ) +1:59 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! # @@ # @!! # @@ # @!! Overall standings after stage 20:

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# @@ # snabel-a!! 1 . Chris Horner ( US/RadioShack ) 81:52:01 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! Vincenzo Nibali ( Ita/Astana ) +37 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 3. Alejandro Valverde ( Spa/Movistar ) +1:36 ” # @@ # snabel-a!!

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# @@ # @!! 4. Joaquim Rodriguez ( Spa/Katusha ) +3 :22 ” # @@ # snabel-a!!

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# @@ # @!! 5. Nicolas Roche ( Ire/Saxo-Tinkoff ) +7 :11 ” # @@ # snabel-a!!

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# @@ # @!! 6. Domenico Pozzovivo ( Ita/AG2R ) +8:00 inch # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 7. Thibaut Pinot ( Fra/FDJ.fr ) +8:41″ # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 8. Samuel Sanchez ( Spa/Euskaltel ) +9:51 ” # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 9. Leopold Koenig ( Cze/NetApp ) +10:11 ” # @@ # snabel-a!!

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# @@ # @!! 10. Daniel Moreno ( Spa/Katusha ) +13 :11 ” # @@ # snabel-a!!

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