Cycling’s new and old faces wearing stars and stripes

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Timmy Duggan

A 29-year-old Colorado cyclist is celebrating the biggest victory of his career on Monday after winning the National road race championship in Greenville, S.C.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s time trial winner must be running out of room on his trophy shelf as he’s earned multiple championships.

Timothy Duggan attacked the breakaway in the closing lap of the Greenville Hospital USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship to become the National Road Race Champion.

The cyclist for Liquigas-Cannondale beat a field that included defending champion Matthew Busche and perennial hometown favorite George Hincapie.

The event included four 22.5-mile laps over Paris Mountain, a bicycling landmark in the area and the scene of decisive moves over the past seven years for National championship victories.

This is the last time that Paris Mountain will loom as a factor in the race, however, as the event moves to Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2013-2015. Volkswagen, which has an assembly plant nearby, will become the main sponsor.

While this is Duggan’s first major victory, Saturday’s time trial champion has been to the podium many times.

Dave Zabriskie (Garmin Barracuda) earned his 7th US National Time Trial Championship; beginning in 2004, he’s only missed out in 2005 and 2010.

He told USA Cycling:

“Wearing the Stars-and-Stripes does not get old. The last few years I’ve brought it with me, even though I know I can’t wear my Stars-and-Stripes on this day, but I hang it up in my room to remind myself how much I like it and how people want to take it away from me. I enjoy wearing it.”

Tejay Vangarderen (BMC Racing) finished second in the time trial. Frank Pipp (Bissell) finished second in the road race championship on Sunday.

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