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Stepping up - The Chris Horner diary

From being the USA's top domestic rider for several years to riding for a ProTour team in the Tour de France, Chris Horner is always on the up.

A talented all-rounder, Chris had a successful year Saunier Duval-Prodir in 2005, and is now riding for Davitamon-Lotto. As one of the team's key men in the Vuelta, Horner will be detailing his progress in this special diary for Cyclingnews during the race.

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September 16 - A little taste of home

We're on the home stretch now! Yes!

Today was the TT, which, at this point, is exciting for the guys at the top, and less exciting for the rest of us! It was a good course, and the top guys definitely railed it out there. I went hard so I could hold onto my 20th place - it's the small battles that matter sometimes, especially when it's all I've got going for me at this race! But I got a really good three week training block, so I can't complain!

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Normally I wouldn't care, since it's almost the end of the year, but with a good course for the World's, and then the final fall classics coming up, I'm still motivated. Plus, I'm racing cross this fall, so I'm keeping things running at a good level a lot later this year. But, with all the training I got here, I should be good for form for a while!

Otherwise, it was a pretty low-key day. I was getting really bored, so I went for a walk to the mall across the street. It wasn't very exciting, so I headed back to the hotel, but at dinner I found out that there was ANOTHER mall that was loaded with cool stores. I headed back over and found the 'cool' mall, and it had a Starbucks!!!!!! I can't even explain how excited I was - I like Starbucks in the US, but I LOVE it in Europe because it's just that little bit of home that gets me through sometimes! I even found one of my favorite coffee cups to replace that one that Cadel broke during the Tour. It definitely made my night all the way around!

That's all the excitement here. I'm off to watch the end of Boondock Saints and then head to bed. I haven't been too impressed so far, but since it's Europe and I'm bored, I'm going to bite the bullet and finish it. It's amazing how my standards drop when I'm here! Tomorrow's the final stage, so we're going to have another go at trying to get Freddy to the line first. Keep your fingers crossed for us - we could use the extra luck! Thanks for reading!



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