Duggan wins US professional road championship

Liquigas-Cannondale rider solos to victory

Tim Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale) captured the USA Cycling Professional Road Race after attacking out of group of five in the closing smaller circuits of downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

"This was one of the most satisfying days of my career," said Duggan. "We had to do everything right and take every opportunity me had. There's only so much we could do with two guys.

"When the moment was right, go all out and there was no in between," he continued. "You can't look back. And that's what I did."

Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling Team) won the sprint for second ahead of Kiel Reijnen (Team Type 1-Sanofi), both finished 26 seconds back.

The 95 riders would race for 181 kilometers which included four, 35.4km loops with the ascent of the 3.5km Paris Mountain and then closing with three loops of a six kilometer course that would circumnavigate the downtown Greenville area. Paris Mountain has been the deciding factor in the race, eliminating many riders on its steep slopes, and it was the case again in the 2012 edition.

A group of 28 riders escaped early on. That selection contained riders from Garmin-Barracuda, notably Tom Danielson, Competitive Cyclist, Jamis-Sutter Home and the solo BMC represented rider in the break Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) along with Tim Duggan.

"We kind of caused a field split. I was just trying to bring the bunch back together because a dangerous group had gone away," explained van Garderen of this early move.

With Garmin-Barracuda well represented within the race van Garderen had the luxury of sitting on forcing the Argyle Army to do the work.

Doing a huge amount of work at the front of the break was Tom Peterson (Garmin-Barracuda). Stretched out into an aerodynamic position with his forearms on the tops of the bars and keeping the speed high, Peterson deserved to be named the Most Valuable Player of the day for the squad.

However, Tyler Wren (Jamis-Sutter Home) was the first rider over the summit the climb, earning him maximum points in the Volkswagen King of the Mountain competition. This was a new competition at the USA Pro Cycling Championship with the first five riders over the top of Paris Mountain earning points and the winner receiving a thousand dollars and a blue polka-dotted jersey for their effort.

As the rest of the peloton made their way over the top, the gap grew to the chasers to over three minutes. In the chase group was Greenville resident and perennial favorite George Hincapie (BMC Racing).

Once off of the Paris Mountain Garmin-Barracuda continued to show their strength by leading the break throughout the second loop with Jamis-Sutter home and Competitive Cyclist also contributing a rider to keep it moving.

At the bottom of the climb of Paris Mountain for the second time of the day the pace quickened and weaker riders started to drop off the back. Again, Wren was the first over the top of Paris Mountain, taking maximum points in the KOM contest. However, the time gap started to drop between the break and the chasing group.

As the break was down to 25 riders and it was started to seem like it could go the distance.

As the break completed their third long lap it was the same scenario as the previous laps: Garmin-Barracuda's Tom Peterson at the front. And just like before, as the break climbed Paris Mountain, Wren was the first over the top for the third time. This made his lead in the KOM competition mathematically unbeatable.

As expected the fourth time up Paris Mountain was going to further eliminate the riders. Danielson attacked and with him went four other riders: Matt Busche (RadioShack-Nissan), Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling Team), van Garderen, and Duggan.

"In the town some were refusing to work, there was no harmony. Duggan never really attacked. He just took advantage of that strange situation. Moreover, everybody was tired," said defending champion Busche.

It was in this situation when the group all looked at each other and Duggan rolled away.

With each completion of the smaller circuits Duggan widened his gap on the four chasers, who in the last lap were caught by another group.

Zipping up and crossing the line with his arms aloft Duggan claimed his first professional national road championship.

Full results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Timothy (Timmy) Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale) 4:17:40  
2 K Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling Team) 0:00:26  
3 Kiel Reijnen (Team Type 1 - Sanofi)    
4 Kenneth Hanson (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:00:27  
5 James Stemper (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team) 0:00:28  
6 Tyler Wren (Jamis - Sutter Home)    
7 Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) 0:00:29  
8 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)    
9 Bradley White (UnitedHealthcare) 0:00:30  
10 Matthew Busche (RadioShack-Nissan) 0:00:31  
11 Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Barracuda) 0:00:34  
12 Michael Olheiser (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) 0:00:46  
13 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 0:00:54  
14 David Zabriskie (Garmin-Barracuda) 0:01:11  
15 Alex Howes (Garmin-Barracuda) 0:02:36  
16 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team)    
17 Andrew Bajadali (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:02:37  
18 Ted King (Liquigas-Cannondale) 0:02:38  
19 Andy Jacques-Maynes (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team) 0:02:40  
20 Freddie Rodriguez (Team Exergy) 0:03:20  
21 Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare) 0:03:21  
22 Jonathan Mccarty (Spidertech p/b C10)    
23 Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Barracuda)    
24 Maxim Jenkins (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)    
25 Matthew Cooke (Team Exergy) 0:03:22  
26 Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling) 0:03:25  
27 Carson Miller (Jamis - Sutter Home)    
28 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) 0:04:19  
29 Alexander Hagman (Jelly Belly Cycling) 0:06:57  
30 Benjamin King (RadioShack-Nissan)    
31 Jesse Anthony (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
32 Robert Sweeting (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)    
33 Emerson Oronte (Jelly Belly Cycling) 0:06:58  
34 Nathaniel English (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)    
35 Joseph Rosskopf (Team Type 1 - Sanofi)    
36 Tyler Magner (BMC/Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)    
37 Ian Burnett (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)    
38 Tanner Putt (BMC/Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)    
39 James Driscoll (Jamis - Sutter Home) 0:10:56  
40 Jason Mccartney (UnitedHealthcare)    
41 Alexander Candelario (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
42 Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda)    
43 David Williams (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)    
44 Jacob Rathe (Garmin-Barracuda)    
45 Alister Ratcliff (Chipotle-First Solar Development Team)    
46 Travis Livermon (Team Mountain Khakis - SmartStop)    
DNF Michael Creed (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
DNF Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Barracuda)    
DNF Logan Loader-Mooney (Team Exergy)    
DNF Tyler Karnes (BMC/Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)    
DNF Taylor Shelden (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)    
DNF Craig Lewis (Champion System Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Adam Carr (EKOI.com - gaspesien)    
DNF Eric Young (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Nathan Brown (Bontrager LIVESTRONG Team)    
DNF Carter Jones (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Chase Pinkham (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Andrew Dahlheim (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Michael Stone (BMC/Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)    
DNF Andrew Baker (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Andrew Meyer (BMC/Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)    
DNF Alder Martz (BMC/Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)    
DNF Parker Kyzer (BMC/Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)    
DNF Nathan King (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)    
DNF Philip Mooney (Jamis - Sutter Home)    
DNF Kyle Wamsley (Jamis - Sutter Home)    
DNF Cole House (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)    
DNF Sean Mazich (Jelly Belly Cycling)    
DNF Charles Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling)    
DNF Menso De Jong (Jelly Belly Cycling)    
DNF Sergio Hernandez (Jelly Belly Cycling)    
DNF John Murphy (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)    
DNF Shawn Milne (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)    
DNF Roman Kilun (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)    
DNF Paul Mach (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)    
DNF Phillip Gaimon (Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team)    
DNF Morgan Schmitt (Team Exergy)    
DNF Conor Mullervy (Team Exergy)    
DNF Kevin Mullervy (Team Exergy)    
DNF Quinn Keogh (Team Exergy)    
DNF Sam Johnson (Team Exergy)    
DNF Benjamin Zawacki (Team Mountain Khakis - SmartStop)    
DNF Jerome Townsend (Team Mountain Khakis - SmartStop)    
DNF Jonathan Hamblen (Team Mountain Khakis - SmartStop)    
DNF Christopher Monteleone (Team Mountain Khakis - SmartStop)    
DNF Thomas Brown (Team Mountain Khakis - SmartStop)    
DNF Scott Zwizanski (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
DNF Thomas Zirbel (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
DNF Thomas Soladay (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
DNF Christopher Parrish (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
DNF Chad Haga (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
DNF Jonathan Mumford (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
DNF Alex Bowden (Team Type 1 - Sanofi)    
King of the Mountain
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tyler Wren (Jamis-Sutter Home) 30  pts
2 Tom Danielson (Garmin-Barracuda) 16  
3 Robert Sweeting (Kenda 5 Hour Energy Cycling Team) 14  
4 Carson Miller (Jamis-Sutter Home) 12  
5 Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 10  

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