Timmy Duggan (Boulder, Colorado)
Men’s Road Race
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Timmy Duggan is a breakthrough rider with a comeback story.
The Liquigas-Cannondale rider makes his Olympics debut after winning the U.S. professional road championship in May. That win came little more than four years after Duggan suffered a life-threatening brain injury at the 2008 Tour de Georgia. Then riding for Slipstream-Chipotle, Duggan missed three months and only came back for the time trial at the national championships in August of that year to prove to himself he could do it.
Fast forward three years of ups and downs with multiple broken arms and Duggan is on his best season ever. He has suffered from a lack of racing days at the Italian ProTeam, but has come through in a big way when called upon. As a powerful domestique, Duggan was a major factor in Peter Sagan’s nine stage wins at the Amgen Tour of California and Tour de Suisse this spring.
When he split the two races with a surprise win at the national championships — while riding in a two-man, locally supported team with Liquigas mate Ted King — Duggan catapulted himself onto the Olympic team.
The Colorado native grew up an alpine ski racer and in 2006, with former teammate Ian MacGregor, Duggan co-founded the Just Go Harder Foundation, which provides scholarships to young athletes chasing their own Olympic dreams in ski racing or cycling.