ALTO DE LANGLIRU, Spain -- Christopher Horner, an American cyclist who turns 42 next month, closed in on the biggest victory of his career Saturday by building his lead in the next-to-last stage of the Spanish Vuelta. Horner, who rides for RadioShack-Leopard, increased his lead from three to 37 seconds over Italys Vincenzo Nibali after the 20th stage. Horner shook off the Giro dItalia winner on the final surge up the foggy peak to end the grueling, 88-mile mountainous ride. "I dont need any time for it to sink in. I know what Ive done," Horner said. "I think everybody at home that was on the couch got to watch a legendary moment that maybe theyll never see again in their entire career. Maybe never again in sports, maybe never again in cycling will you see someone of my age win a grand tour." All that awaits Horner is Sundays last stage and the traditional arrival in Madrid. He collapsed to the ground after pedaling across the finish line in second place, 26 seconds after winner Kenny Elissonde of France. Horner had to be helped to his feet by race officials, and Nibali understood just how good his rival was this day. "I tried everything I could, but I couldnt do it," Nibali said. "It was impossible to shake Horner. I have to settle for second place, but I am not happy." Elissonde finished in 3 hours, 55 minutes, 36 seconds. The route started in Aviles and covered three major summits before ending at the Alto de LAngliru peak. "Its LAngliru, its mythical," Elissonde said. "This morning if youd have told me this I wouldnt believe it," Elissonde. The LAngliru summit was teeming with fans, many having camped out overnight to be there the next day to cheer the cyclists on their way up. Horner withstood Nibalis challenges on the ascent, the narrow mountain road crowded on both sides by raucous fans and thick fog limiting visibility. When the Astana rider apparently had spent all his energy, Horner pulled away using his high-riding stance. "That Nibali would put such an attack at the finish like that and make it so epic and unbelievable for the fans, to see him attack 10-15 times -- whatever it was -- Im sure the fans must have been on the edge of their seats every moment of it, of every pedal stroke that I did on the final climb," Horner said. Former winner Alejandro Valverde of Spain is set to finish third. The Movistar rider is 1:36 behind Horner, with Rodriguez a distant fourth at 3:22 back. "Horner was the strongest and we have to congratulate him for the victory," Valverde said. "His performances surprised us at the beginning, but not now." Matthias Farley Jersey Johnny Unitas Jersey .com) - No Sidney Crosby, no problem. Messier, who had been a special assistant to Rangers general manager Glen Sather, announced Thursday in a statement that he is resigning in order to "expand the game of hockey in the New York area by developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Jon Bostic Jersey . He still wanted out. "It just seemed like the direction they were going didnt fit what I thought my career was going to be," Kesler said. "At the end of the day I want to win a championship and I want to win it now, and four years is a little too long for me. Jabaal Sheard Jersey . -- Floridas smothering defence returned to form just in time for the third-ranked Gators to keep their winning streak going.Henrik Sedin is the latest star to pull out of the Sochi Olympics. Sedin confirmed on Thursday he will not join his brother Daniel and the rest of Team Sweden at next weeks Olympics. The former Hart Trophy winner recently missed six games with bruised ribs. He incurred the injury during a January 17 game with the Phoenix Coyotes when he was crosschecked by Martin Hanzal. "Im disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games." Sedin said in a statement. "This is a difficult decision but ultimately the best decision for me personally, Team Sweden and the Vancouver Canucks. I wish my teammates the best and look forrward to returning to play.ddddddddddddquot; Sedin returned to action on Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings and played again on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, but did not register a shot on goal in either game. The Canucks had previously announced plans to pull Sedin from the clubs two remaining games before the Olympic break, Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens and Saturday nights visit to Toronto for a game with the Maple Leafs. In 52 games this season, Sedin has nine goals and 31 assists. Team Sweden, who has yet to name Sedins replacement, first sees action in Sochi on February 12 when they meet the Czech Republic. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '