Craddock: I truly believe I'm almost back at the top level

Lawson Craddock's performance Wednesday in the Amgen Tour of California's 34.7km stage 4 time trial in San Jose delivered a dose of confidence for the 26-year-old American, who suffered through an off year in 2017 and finished a disappointing 49th – more than 10 minutes back – on the stage 2 climb up Gibraltar Road.

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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.