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ZippCast chats with US champ Timmy Duggan

Team Saxo-Tinkoff rider Timmy Duggan’s season got off to an unfortunate start with a crash in January at the Tour Down Under in Australia that left the U.S. pro road champ with a fractured tibia and collarbone.

These days, though, Duggan has cast off his crutches and is working hard to rejoin Team Saxo-Tinkoff in top shape for next month’s Amgen Tour of California. The Colorado native gives much of himself to his training but also to his sport through service as a USA Cycling board member and as a co-founder of the Just Go Harder Foundation, which provides scholarships to young cyclists and skiers.

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Goals coming off your injury:
“My first major goal for 2013 is a great performance at the Tour of California coming up in May as well as defending my national title the next week in Chattanooga. Luckily I hurt myself early enough in the year to get back and take as much time as I need to recover and still have some time to get in shape and hopefully be at my very best at California and nationals, and then back over to Europe for the rest of the season.”

Most challenging aspect of recovery:
“The hardest thing of the recovery is sitting there on the couch in a compromised state. You want to be at Paris-Nice, you want to be a Catalunya with the boys racing…. You have to really take a step back and accept that you can’t be out training or racing five or six hours a day. But today my training is to go to the gym and do my rehab exercises, go to yoga and then ride the bike for an hour. It’s defiantly a step back but that’s how you keep moving forward.”

Something positive from recovery:
“Anytime you’re injured it’s usually an opportunity to spend some time at home… Normally… I’m over in Europe from the end of January (through) April and my wife is back home here in Colorado working. She’s a teacher. She just comes over to Europe for spring break…. For me to be injured, at this point, I’m home with her and that’s definitely a perk even though I’m a little grumpier than normal with a broken leg.”

Impression of Zipp wheels:
“For me and my riding style and how I like to race, I kind of like the 303 (Firecrest) style where it’s very aerodynamic but it’s not a super-deep dish where it’s going to throw me around in the crosswind a little bit since I’m a pretty little guy. It’s also got some really good aerodynamic properties. Unless you’re going 10km an hour up a really steep hill, aerodynamics still plays a major factor. I like kind of that middle-of-the-ground wheel that works well for me just about every race situation.”

Tough rider, tough wheels:
“When I crashed at Tour Down Under I slid into a curb wheels first at 80km an hour and the only thing that broke was my leg. My wheels were perfectly fine, I don’t think they’re out of true at all.”

Choose Speed Weaponry well:
“Wheel choice is an important decision the morning of a race, depending on the wind conditions, the crosswind conditions, the terrain of the day… and also the job of the rider.… If it’s your job to be riding the front of the peloton for 100km in the wind maybe you want that 808 (Firecrest) wheel to be cutting that wind…. Luckily Zipp has a full quiver of wheels.”

Comfort, power, aerodynamics with Service Course SL:
“I have really short legs and a really long torso. So that means I have to run a super long stem (130mm) along with a (20mm) setback seatpost.

“You have to be in a comfortable position, one that you can produce power in for five or six hours but not at the cost of aerodynamics. It has to be pretty aerodynamic as well because that’s the big factor you’re pushing against for five or six hours. Every rider has to kind of find that right balance between comfort and power and aerodynamics.”

Kudos for seatpost clamp:
“I’ve always thought, ‘why can’t anybody just make a seatpost clamp that just works and it’s simple and it’s easy.’ I think Zipp has absolutely nailed it with the latest seatpost clamp. It’s really effective and strong and easy to adjust on the fly and put it right back where you need it.”

On giving back through service with USA Cycling and Just Go Harder:
“Through elite sport, through any sport, you gain such a unique education and perspective on the world. If there’s anything I can do, I’d like to share that with people whether it’s up and coming racers or being part of the governance or moving the sport in the right direction.”

Snack he’d like to find in musette bag:
Peanut Butter Snickers®

On making breakaway at London Olympics:
“Once in a life opportunity.”

Longest indoor training ride:
Current recovery, 1 ½ hour; when he was “young and stupid,” 4 hours

Favorite race in Europe:
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, his “home” European race

Favorite race in America:
USA Pro Challenge, his “home” race in Colorado

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