Van Garderen: Home field advantage going to be very much in play in Colombia

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) one of the favourites for Tirreno-Adriatico
EF Pro Cycling's Tejay van Garderen (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Tejay van Garderen has raced all over the world since jumping into the pro cycling fray with the Rabobank Continental team in 2008, but this week he’ll join his EF Pro Cycling teammates for the first time in Tour Colombia 2.1, where he says the local riders are set up to smash.

“The home field advantage is going to be very much in play here in Colombia,” van Garderen said Saturday, seated between Colombians Daniel Martinez, Sergio Higuita and Rigobert Uran during an EF Pro Cycling press conference at the team hotel in Paipa.

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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.