Timmy Duggan ready for Tour of California
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s American road race champion, Timmy Duggan broke his leg in his first race this season during Tour Down Under in January. Sunday, he successfully completed his comeback race in Tour of Turkey:
What was it like being back in the field?
“It was great to be back racing in the bunch. It’s a feeling of speed you just cant replicate in training and above alit made me feel like I’m back to normal, doing what I do best.”
Were you nervous/anxious?
“Of course I was a little bit cautious during the risky moments, I didn’t want to crash at my comeback race! I was definitely calculated with my risk. But it was nice to get the feelings back racing at high speeds in the peloton and I feel comfortable and confident.
You showed terrific form In Tour of Turkey – maybe also a result of super motivation?
“I’ve been training very well and working hard on my rehab exercises so I know I was prepared to at least be decent at the Tour of Turkey. The main goal was to get 8 days of hard racing and come out of it even better. It was certainly hard at times but I showed my training has paid off and I was able to absorb the racing stimulus well so that I will soon be back on top form! I knew I would really have to push myself at times, but I also wanted to have a few good days where I felt somewhat normal. I was in the breakaway on the Queen stage, and while I didn’t have the form to continue the hard effort all the way to the finish line, I showed to myself that the form is coming along well.”
What is your next race and what are you looking forward to?
“My next race is the Amgen Tour of California. Way back in November, the team and I highlighted California as a major target race. So while my preparation was less than ideal in breaking my leg and having minimal race days, I am mentally very fresh and I’m confident going into the Tour of California that I can perform at my best. The next week I’m looking to defend my National Championship title in Chattanooga, TN and then back to Europe for the Dauphine.”