A Conversation With U.S. Road National Champion Timmy Duggan

Timmy Duggan at the US Pro Finish Line in GreenvilleDuggan becomes the national champion. Photo: Casey B. Gibson.

Liquigas-Cannondale racer Timmy Duggan didn't enter last week's U.S. National Championship road race as a heavy favorite, but he proved that the odds don't always matter. By wresting the win from an elite breakaway the hard-working American earned the right to don the stars and stripes for the coming year.

Duggan rode a gutsy and tactically savvy race. After making the early split then nearly getting caught out by the back-to-back attacks of Tejay Van Garderen and Tom Danielson on the final ascent of Paris Mountain, Duggan clawed his way back to the four-man break, slipped away during a lull, and powered to the finish solo. He crossed the line nearly half a minute up on the splintered field to take the biggest victory of his career. The achievement is all the more impressive when you consider that he and his Liquigas-Cannondale teammate Ted King were a two-man team up against powerful 11-man squads like Garmin-Barracuda.

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