Horner happy, despite loss

Chris Horner went into his first Tour de France this year with the high ambition of a top ten result. When a sluggish performance on the road to Briançon put paid to that ambition, he set about executing plan B - a stage win in the race.

Horner went frustratingly close to that goal today, being caught and passed by the bunch with just 200 metres to go. He has been clear as part of a five man breakaway group for most of the 173.5 kilometre stage, then raced on ahead with Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) after the Frenchman bridged across. The two worked well together to try to stave off the fast-closing peloton, but when the American stopped riding inside the final kilometre, their fate was sealed.

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