Chris Horner wins one for the middle-aged

A lot of people resign themselves to poor physical condition by the time they’re 30, saying that they’re getting old and implying there’s little they can do about it. But they’re not paunchy because of their age; they’re paunchy because they spend all their time behind a desk, eating Frazzles.

Look at Chris Horner. He’s 41, looks older, and has just won stage three of the Vuelta. He’s even managed to overcome the not inconsiderable handicap of being just about the most American man in history and has been rewarded with the overall race lead.

Further back

Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez managed to nick back a few seconds on Vincenzo Nibali thanks to time bonuses after finishing second and third, while Domenico Pozzovivo lost 10 seconds to most of the main contenders, as did Laurens Ten Dam and Roman Kreuziger.

Stage four

A funny one. Here’s the profile. That horribly steep looking thing after about 150km is the Mirador de Ézaro. It was used at the end of stage 12 last year and Joaquim Rodriguez won. It’s about 1.8km at 14.6 per cent with a good 500m over 20 per cent. Overall it’s pretty flat though and although the last couple of kilometres are uphill, it’s not steep, so don’t expect too much of a change in the general classification.