Chris Horner (Bend, Oregon)
Men’s Road Race
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Chris Horner is one of the elder statesmen of U.S. racing, but toes the line in his first Olympic Games this year. The 40-year-old Bend, Oregon, resident is well known as a crafty, tactical master and will captain the men’s road race squad in London.
Horner has served as a top domestique to riders including Cadel Evans and during his second comeback, Lance Armstrong. But that’s not to say Horner lacks results of his own. When given the opportunity he has risen to the occasion, winning the big-time races like the 2010 Vuelta al Pais Vasco in Spain and the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.
Having grown up in the Southern California racing scene, Horner turned pro in 1995 with PAA-NutraFig and in 1997 made the jump to Europe with Francaise des Jeux. After three years in Marc Madiot’s French squad, Horner returned to the States with Mercury, hoping to take the squad to the top level of the sport. When the Mercury team fell apart in 2001, Horner stayed stateside, owning the domestic racing circuit with Prime Alliance and Webcor.
Horner returned to Europe with Saunier Duval in 2005 and has been a mainstay American in the European peloton since. Known as well for his smile under pressure as much as his tactical senses, Horner finished the 2012 Tour de France 13th overall and was a key part of the teams classification-winning RadioShack-Nissan squad.