Late crash nearly derails van Garderen's Tour of California hopes

Tejay van Garderen's hopes for a second Amgen Tour of California win nearly came crashing down along the Pacific Coast outside of Morro Bay on Wednesday at the end of stage 4 when the race leader hit the deck with 7km to go and ended up finishing nearly a minute down on stage winner Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

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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.