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Duggan badly hurt, but improving

Timmy Duggan of Team Slipstream-Chipotle is said to have suffered head injuries in his crash in Wednesday's third stage of the Tour de Georgia, but the last report indicated that his condition was improving.

Slipstream director Chann McRae had said that the rider was having convulsions when the team car reached him. According to Duggan's good friend, Ian McGregor of Team Type 1, who is also in the race, the Slipstream rider also suffered bleeding in his head. McGregor later reported that Slipstream manager Jonathan Vaughters told him that the brain swelling was going down. Duggan was conscious after the accident, but was said to be sedated and in stable condition in the hospital in Athens, Georgia.

Slipstream's Tyler Farrar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper, "We were really worried. We were on the radio back with (team manager) Chann McRae just trying to get news. We had no idea. We saw him laying on the ground and that was it. We got word throughout the race, updates. It's scary, you know. Any head trauma's scary. Broken bones are broken bones, but head trauma is different. We're really thinking about him a lot."

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