Timothy Duggan Crowned 2012 U.S. National Champion
Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Timothy Timmy Duggan of Boulder, Colorado earlier this afternoon soloed to an impressive victory in the 2012 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championship taking place in sunny Greenville, South Carolina.
tow in second. Danielson attacked on the descent, but his lead did not last long.
Duggan attacked after the descent and quickly opened a 20-second lead as the race made its way to downtown Greenville for three more city circuits. He tacked time onto his advantage on the second of three laps, but van Garderen attacked with one lap remaining. Duggan used a steady pedal stroke, getting out of his saddle as he came out of turns to hold off the 23-year-old van Garderen, who finished second in Saturday's U.S. national time trial championships, and cruise to victory, leaving the chase group to fight for second.
Pipp emerged victorious in a bunch sprint, as he and Reijnen came around and held off a speedy Kenneth Hanson of Santa Barbara, California and Team Optum for second and third, respectively. Hanson finished fourth, one second ahead of Kenda 5 Hour Energy's James Stemper (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin).
"Normally, I might be disappointed with second, but I had nothing to do with Timmy going away," Pipp commented and added "He obviously had an amazing day. Bissell is quite happy with second in the national championships."
Team Jamis-Sutter Home's Tyler Wren of Salt Lake City, who finished sixth in the general classification, won each of the first three sprints to the top of Paris Mountain to total 30 points and win the Volkswagen King of the Mountain. His closest competition in that classification, Danielson, was 14 points behind him.
"It was our goal coming into this, to get me into this KOM jersey," Wren said after being celebrated on the podium and added "When I saw the race was having this Volkswagen KOM, Jamis-Sutter Home really wanted to make that a priority. I knew I had good legs. It's always a roll of the dice to go into an early move. It's fine. Sometimes, it pays off. I knew I had good form, so I wanted to use it somehow."