Van Garderen confident in Colorado

With the general classification battle about to begin in earnest at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, BMC's Tejay van Garderen is sitting in prime position to lay claim to the yellow leader's jersey. The 25-year-old from Boulder is fourth overall after three stages, just 11 seconds behind Garmin-Sharp's Lachlan Morton. Thursday's stage 4 promises to be a throw-down amongst the overall contenders.

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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.