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VALENCIA, Spain - Fernando Alonso won an incident-filled European Grand Prix on Sunday in his home country and Michael Schumacher earned a first podium finish since his comeback by coming third.

Ferrari's Alonso jousted his way up from 11th on the grid to claim an emotional win after pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull stalled at the midway point.

"This race is probably the best victory I have ever felt," said Alonso, who cried on the podium as the Spanish national anthem played. "In terms of emotions, nothing compares to this."

Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen was second followed by Schumacher, the seven-time world champion who wound up on the podium after Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado collided on the penultimate lap as they fought for third place. It was the 43-year-old's first podium since 2006, the year before his three-year retirement.

Alonso's 29th career win lifted him to first in points, 10 ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber.

HUNTER-REAY TAKES IOWA: Ryan Hunter-Reay kept his car clean, made a late move and not so quietly forced himself into the championship discussion late Saturday night at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Hunter-Reay passed Scott Dixon with 12 laps left and won for the second straight week.

Hunter-Reay moved to second in the standings with his seventh series victory, tops among active American drivers.

Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti was second in a race with major title implications. Pole-sitter Dario Franchitti exited before the green flag even dropped thanks to a blown engine, and two other championship contenders, leader Will Power and James Hinchcliffe, crashed out.