Timothy Duggan Crowned 2012 U.S. National Champion

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05/29/2012| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Timothy Duggan soloes to U.S. national road cycling champion title in Greenville, South Carolina ahead of Frank Pipp and Team Type 1's Kiel Reijnen. Photo Casey Gibson / USA Cycling
Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Timothy Duggan soloes to U.S. national road cycling champion title in Greenville, South Carolina ahead of Frank Pipp and Team Type 1's Kiel Reijnen. Photo Casey Gibson / USA Cycling

Timothy Duggan Crowned 2012 U.S. National Champion

Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Timothy Timmy Duggan of Boulder, Colorado earlier this afternoon soloed to an impressive victory in the 2012 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championship taking place in sunny Greenville, South Carolina.

Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Timothy Timmy Duggan of Boulder, Colorado earlier this afternoon soloed to an impressive victory in the 2012 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championship taking place in sunny Greenville, South Carolina.

Duggan rode in the lead group for the vast majority of the 112.4-mile race through downtown Greenville and up Paris Mountain before pulling away and winning by 26 seconds. Bissell Pro Cycling's K. Frank Pipp of Boulder, Colorado and fellow Boulder resident Kiel Reijnen of Team Type 1-Sanofi took the top two spots in a bunch sprint to earn the silver and bronze medals.

"It's incredible," Duggan joyfully commented after being crowned national champion on the podium and added "It (wearing the Stars-and-Stripes) hasn't hit me yet. The way this race played out, I've been thinking about it for a long time. I don't have a mean sprint on me, I have to do everything right to go solo and win a race like this - a race everyone wants to win. It feels good to play the tactics right and make it happen."

As the peloton left the opening set of three downtown circuits, a group of 30 riders, including Duggan, broke away from the field and built a lead of two minutes and 10 seconds as they approached the first of four climbs of Paris Mountain. With most of the teams represented in the breakaway, there was reason to believe the move might stick.

As the riders made their first of four ascensions of Paris Mountain, certain riders made their desire to accumulate King of the Mountain points more obvious as they attacked close to sprint line. Wren collected the lion's share of the points before re-joining the lead group during the descent. Team Kenda 5 Hour Energy's Robert Sweeting of Danbury, Connecticut earned the seven points awarded to the second-place rider.

The lead group's margin approached four minutes as they neared Paris Mountain for the second time. As was the case the first time, Wren topped Sweeting in the King of the Mountain sprint to garner 10 more points. A group of 38 riders formed at the front of the peloton pointed at narrowing the margin of the breakaway.

With Team Garmin-Barracuda driving the lead group headed by Tom Peterson of Renton, Washington it managed to hold off the hard-charging chase group as they turned into the third climb of Paris Mountain. The chase group, however, had narrowed the lead to under a minute at the descent.

As it seemed the chase was going to catch the leaders, BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen of Fort Collins, Colorado led a breakaway. The breakaway included the defending champion, Team RadioShack-Nissan's Matthew Busche of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Competitive Cyclist's Chad Beyer of Tucson, Arizona, Benjamin Jacques-Maynes of Corralitos, California and Bissell Pro Cycling, The Bontrager-Livestrong team's Nathan Brown of Covington, Tennessee and Duggan.

Team Garmin-Barracuda's Tom Danielson bridged to the breakaway in powerful fashion as it approached the final climb up Paris Mountain. Danielson took the top mark in the final King of the Mountain sprint with van Garderen in

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