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Horner wins stage, takes overall lead

The Associated Press

Eric Risberg/Associated PressChris Horner, of the United States, celebrates after winning Wednesday's stage of the Tour of California cycling race in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

SAN JOSE, Calif. and#8212; Chris Horner of Bend, Ore., powered to a solo uphill win in Stage 4 and assumed the overall race lead Wednesday at the Tour of California.

The 39-year-old Horner of the RadioShack team, last year finished 10th in the Tour de France as the top American. He completed the 81.8-mile Livermore to San Jose road race in 3 hours, 27 minutes, 51 seconds.

Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) of Luxembourg, the 2009 and 2010 Tour de France runner-up, finished second, 1:15 behind. Rory Sutherland (United Healthcare) of Australia was third, just behind Schleck.

Horner, fourth overall last year in the Tour of California, now leads the seven-day race by 1:15 over teammate Levi Leipheimer of Santa Rosa, Calif., the three-time race winner. Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) of Boulder, Colo., is third overall, trailing by 1:22.