Horner was very appreciative of the way Nibali contested that final climb on stage 20. To me it made his win more significant to achieve it against a rider of Nibalis quality.
And a nice personal perspective also.“This is an amazing moment,” said Horner at the finish. “You said Nibali attacked six times? I thought they were ten or twenty.
“But ok, I agree. He put on an amazing show,” he said of his big overall rival. “I can imagine how beautiful it was to watch from a couch. It must have been unbelievable for the fans. I hope people have enjoyed every pedal stroke.
“It was too dark in the fog, I never saw the last kilometre mark, I misunderstood the last kilometre and the banner for the KOM,” Horner said of his final Vuelta-winning attack. “When I expected a downhill, it was still going up, so I was really twisted in the hardest part. I had put on the big chain ring and I kept suffering.
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Great post race Horner video in English with a few final words of Spanish at the end.“A guy of my age winning a Grand Tour, it’s something you’ll maybe never see again in your life,” he said. “Earlier this year, when I was at home after my knee surgery, I told my 11 year old boy that I wanted to continue racing but that I might be forced to retire. He said ‘you can’t retire, it’s not cool, right now at school I tell my mates that my dad is a professional cyclist and rides Giro, Tour and Vuelta, I can’t tell them that my dad is an ex-cyclist!’
“Now he will say that his dad is the only American to have won the Vuelta and the only 42 year old to have won a Grand Tour.”
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