Timmy Duggan to ride for SpiderTech-C10 in 2013

Team owner Steve Bauer likes the U.S. national champion's "scrappy, exciting style"

TELLURIDE, Colorado (VN) — American road race champion Timmy Duggan will trade his Italian team for one a bit closer to home next season: Canada’s SpiderTech-C10.

SpiderTech made a name for itself this season as an aggressive team, even when up against much larger squads at American stage races, and team owner and director Steve Bauer said he was “very excited” to welcome Duggan aboard.

“Timmy rides with panache, which has earned him the respect of legions of fans around the world and his scrappy, exciting style aligns perfectly with our vision of winning races and drawing in new fans,” Bauer said via press release.

Panache, indeed. The 29-year-old Coloradan is a bike racer who prefers aggressive racing, and just last week went down swinging for the general classification fence at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

“I’m thrilled to join Team SpiderTech in 2013,” said Duggan. “I already know a bunch of the guys on the squad so it’s a comfortable move and this is a team that’s really on the way up. Steve has accomplished a lot at the highest level of the sport so for me there is no doubt about the team’s quality of leadership and passion for winning.”

Duggan spent the last two seasons racing for the Italian Liquigas-Cannondale team and the two years prior to that riding for Garmin. His 2012 season has been nothing short of bold. He rode the front of the peloton in support of stage wins during the Amgen Tour of California in May, won the USPRO national championship road race in June with a daring 25km solo attack and then raced for the U.S. team at the London Olympic Games.

On SpiderTech, a UCI Professional Continental team, Duggan will join Americans Lucas Euser, Caleb Fairly and Pat McCarty as well as European riders Brian Vandborg and Raymond Künzli as the Canadian team continues to expand its international roster.

“We’re especially excited to match Timmy’s U.S. national road champion jersey with Ryan Roth’s Canadian national road champion jersey as Team SpiderTech has truly become an international squad with a growing global fan base,” Bauer said. “We’ve had a great 2012 and are excited about 2013 with some real fireworks ahead.”

SpiderTech has signed up for three more years of title-sponsor support, and the team hopes to reach the WorldTour by 2014.