By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Greenville, South Carolina
Timmy Duggan (Garmin-Chipotle) made his return to racing at the US time trial championships in Greenville, South Carolina, finishing an impressive thirteenth. Impressive because just four months ago he was lying unconscious on the road in the third stage of the Tour de Georgia with severe head injuries, as well as a broken collarbone and scapula.
"It was a bit of a shock to the system," Duggan told Cyclingnews about Saturday's time trial. "I've been training but I haven't gone that hard in months!"
The time trial is just one step in his recovery, as he and his doctors have decided that no more racing for the rest of the year to make a full recovery. He entered the race not knowing how his recent training would translate into racing form, especially in a hard-effort time trial.
"I had no idea how I was going... I kind of told myself either I was going to win or need to drop out in the middle and go to sleep!" he said. "So I am happy just to be here and be at this level again. I know I can be back at this level again. It's still frustrating because it never happens as quickly as you like, but at least I know I'll be there."