Vuelta a España overall race winner Chris Horner of United States, centre, poses with second-placed Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, left, and third-placed Spaniard Alejandro Valverde on the podium in Madrid. Photograph: Paul White/AP

Nicolas Roche yesterday completed the best Irish Grand Tour result since Seán Kelly won the 1988 Vuelta a España, when he finished fifth overall in th(...)