Tour of California 2013: Top 10 riders to watch

The 2013 Amgen Tour of California will roll out of Escondido at the southern tip of the state Sunday for its eighth run through the Golden State. The country's premiere eight-day stage race will be packed with riders from across the pro cycling spectrum, as WorldTour teams bump elbows with Pro Continental squads and several US domestic Continental teams. Although anything can happen – and usually does – in a bike race, below are a few riders to watch next week.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.