Chronically injured Chris Horner, the affable veteran rider who resides in Bend, Ore., and San Diego, Ca., will miss the 2013 Tour de France because of the lingering iliotibial band friction syndrome in his left knee.
Horner, 41, who rides for RadioShack Leopard, finished a career-best ninth in the 2010 Tour de France. But he has missed most of this season after sustaining his injury near the conclusion of Tirreno-Adriatico in March, where Horner finished sixth overall.
Less than a week later, Horner started the Volta a Catalunya but only rode the opening stage March 18 and withdrew the following day. He has not competed since.
“It all hurts as I was so good in the early season,” said Horner prior to the Tour of California, the race he won in 2011. “In Tirreno-Adriatico I was as good as the best riders in the world.”
Chris Horner: Seeks August Return
Horner, who has ridden in 10 grand tours, will seek to return to competition in the Tour of Utah (August 6-11) followed by the Tour of Spain, beginning August 24.
In addition to two completion of the Tour of Spain, Horner has finished the Tour de France five times, including 13th in 2012.
After finishing as the highest-place U.S. rider in the 2010 Tour de France, Horner crashed out the following year with multiple injuries, including a concussion.