Chris Horner

  
  


Date of Birth: October 23, 1971
Height:  6’0”/1.83m.
Weight: 140lbs./64kg./10st.
Place of Birth: Ukenewe, Japan
Hometown: San Diego, California
Residence: Bend, Oregon
Pro Teams: Lampre-Merida (2014), RadioShack-Leopard-Trek / RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (2012-13), Team RadioShack (2010-11), Astana (2008-09), Davitamon-Lotto (2006-07), Saunier Duval-Prodir (2005), Webcor Builders (2004), Saturn (2003), Prime Alliance (2002), (Mercury (2000-01), Française des Jeux (1997-99).
Website: www.chrishornerracing.com



 

Olympic & World Championships Experience:

  • 2013 UCI Road World Championships, Florence, Italy — DNF in Road Race
  • 2012 UCI Road World Championships, Limburg Province, Netherlands — DNF in Road Race
  • 2012 Olympic Games, London, England — 93rd place in Road Race
  • 2004 UCI Road World Championships, Verona, Italy — 8th place in Road Race
  • 2003 UCI Road World Championships, Hamilton, Canada — 76th place in Road Race

National Championship Experience:

  • 4th place — 2010 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships, Greenville, S.C., Road Race
  • 12th place — 2005 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 3rd place — 2005 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships, Park City, Utah, Road Race
Chris Horner rolls across the finish line
2012 Olympic Games. Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Career Highlights

  • 2nd overall — 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
  • 1st overall — 2013 Vuelta a España
  • 1st place — 2013 Vuelta a España, Stage 3 & Stage 10
  • 2nd overall — 2013 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
  • 1st place — 2013 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Stage 5
  • 8th overall — 2012 Amgen Tour of California
  • 2nd overall — 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico
  • 1st overall — 2011 Amgen Tour of California
  • 1st place — 2011 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 4
  • 2nd overall — 2011 Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country)
  • 10th overall — 2010 Tour de France
  • 1st overall — 2010 Vuelta al Pais Vasco
  • 1st place — 2010 Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Stage 6
  • 2nd overall — 2010 Giro di Sardegna
  • 2nd overall — 2009 Tour de l'Ain
  • 1st place — 2009 Tour de l'Ain, Points Classification
  • 15th overall — 2007 Tour de France
  • 1st place — 2006 Tour de Romandie, Stage 2
  • 1st place — 2005 Tour de Suisse, Stage 6
  • 1st overall — 2003 Tour de Georgia
  • 1st overall — 2000-04 Redlands Bicycle Classic
  • Three-time USA Cycling National Racing Calendar Champion (2002-04)

Points of Interest

  • In 2005, Chris scored a pair of top-ten finishes and placed 16th overall at the Setmana-Catalana in Spain…with a broken leg. He suffered the injury a week earlier in a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico but wasn’t diagnosed by a doctor until two weeks later.
  • In 2013, Chris became the first American to win the overall classification at La Vuelta a España. The win also made him the oldest-ever winner of a Grand Tour, at 41 years old.

Personal

Chris Horner’s reputation as an aggressive rider clearly defines why he’s often considered one of the United States’ top European pros who can win any race on any given day. The veteran rider has won virtually every major domestic race at least once and has also made his mark on the international scene with his style of racing.

After a breakthrough performance in 1996 when he won a stage of the Tour du Pont, Horner achieved what most aspiring pro bike racers dream of — a roster spot on a major European team. For three years (1997-99), Horner was a member of La Francaise des Jeux squad, a French outfit recognized as one of the top teams in the world. Back in the domestic peloton for the next five years, Horner scored 31 victories in major events, leading to his topping the overall final standings of the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was unbeatable in major domestic stage races. His second string of success in the U.S. caught the eye of the Spanish Saunier-Duval squad in late 2004 and resulted in a second chance at a European racing career. The next season he earned arguably the biggest victory of his career at that point — a stage win at the 2005 Tour de Suisse. That performance earned him a start in the 2005 Tour de France as a successful four-year European campaign was set into motion.

In 2010, Horner scored fourth overall at the Amgen Tour of California, 10th overall at the Tour de France, seventh at La Fleche Wallone and eighth at Liege-Bastogne-Liege before winning the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.

Horner is described by his Radioshack team as bending all the stereotypes of an elite cyclist. He is animated, talkative and certainly easy to like. He has a boyish laugh, chats easily about a wide variety of topics, and is known to inhale junk food like a teenager.


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