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“After a roller-coaster of thoughts and emotions in recent months, I have decided to retire from professional cycling. I am ready and truly excited to move on to my next goals in life outside of the sport.”

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TIMOTHY DUGGAN

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03.12.2013 @ 09:26 Posted by Patrick Lorien

Timmy Duggan announced his withdrawal from professional cycling on his personal website late Monday, thus ending a career that have lasted since 2005.

 

“After a roller-coaster of thoughts and emotions in recent months, I have decided to retire from professional cycling. I am ready and truly excited to move on to my next goals in life outside of the sport,” Duggan wrote on his website.

 

Duggan begun his career with Garmin, and rode with the team in the years 2005-2010. Subsequently he has been on both Cannondale and SaxoBank, but in recent years he has missed his family more and more.

 

“This offseason, while pondering a new team and my situation for the 2014 season, I’ve had time to reflect, to think, and to live. During the extended period of time that it was taking for a verbal agreement I had with Team Cannondale to materialize, I was able to spend more time with my wife, family, friends, and community than I have in my whole career. I really thought about and FELT my life outside of cycling more than I ever have. I felt ALIVE again. It has become clear how important some other things are to me and how much I’m missing.”

 

Duggan has always been a solid domestique, and has served numerous captains. His biggest victory came in 2012, when he soloed to the American road race title. Despite the success he had a terrible 2013 season, and the injuries were part of his decision to withdraw from cycling.

 

“This decision has been coming for a while. The 2013 season was probably the most difficult of my career, dealing with a devastating broken leg throughout the year. In the ambulance to the hospital with my season-threatening injury, I began to question if this was worth it anymore. Despite plenty of support and being surrounded by incredible teammates and team staff at Saxo-Tinkoff, I hated nearly every day of the season. I was miserable and depressed. It is incredibly frustrating as an athlete to not be able to be at your best, and, even worse, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted it any more.”

 

“Cycling has given me a lot, but it has also taken a lot away. I wouldn’t trade my experiences, accomplishments, and relationships I’ve had in cycling for anything, but the injuries, the time away from home, and the sacrifice of so much to ride a bike faster are weighing heavy,” Duggan admitted. “At this point in my career, even when things are going very well, racing bikes is not making me truly happy. It doesn’t excite me like it used to. When I was thinking about the 2014 season, I couldn’t see myself being happy enough, regardless of the situation.”

 

At this point in his life Duggan looks forward to move ahead with his life, and feels satisfied with what he has accomplished.

 

“The other things I want to do in my life excite me far more and make me happier. So I’ve made the decision to stop working on the 2014 season and start moving towards my next phase in my life. I am extremely satisfied with everything I’ve accomplished in this sport. In a career highlighted by a national championship, a WorldTour stage podium, and an Olympic berth, there is not much I truly need to prove to myself anymore.”

 

“Cycling gave me goals and the opportunity to accomplish them, and the journey along that whole process has shaped me, and for that I am very proud,” Duggan concludes. “But cycling certainly doesn’t define me, and it’s not who I want to be anymore. Already I feel so incredibly alive as I move forward into my next ambitions.”

 

“Thank you to the countless people who have supported, mentored, cheered, laughed, cried, pushed, and celebrated with me during my career. This wouldn’t have been possible without you!”

 

Good luck to Duggan in his future endeavors.

 

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