American Horner takes Vuelta lead after stage win

MIRADOR DE LOBEIRA, Spain Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:16pm EDT

Chris Horner signs autographs before riding in the 82.3-mile Stage-8 of the Amgen Tour of California from Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks, California, May 22, 2011 in this file picture. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Chris Horner signs autographs before riding in the 82.3-mile Stage-8 of the Amgen Tour of California from Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks, California, May 22, 2011 in this file picture.

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MIRADOR DE LOBEIRA, Spain (Reuters) - American Chris Horner seized a solo victory on stage three of the Vuelta a Espana on Monday to claim the overall lead.

The 41-year-old RadioShack Leopard rider moved ahead in the final kilometer of the short Mirador de Lobeira climb to hold off second-placed Alejandro Valverde and his fellow Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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