Wauwatosa native Matthew Busche has made a solid impression in the Vuelta Espana, his virgin outing in cycling's Grant Tours.
Riding for Team RadioShack, Busche road into the main breakaway in stage four of the 2,000-mile race through the Spanish countryside.
This is what team manager Johan Bruyneel said of the 26-year-old rider, as reported by VeloNews:
“I am very hopeful after this Vuelta he can step up another level next year, because I believe he has a lot of potential. He can become a GC rider. He’s a good climber and a good time trialist.
“All he needs (is) the experience first and his body needs to get adapted to the big mountains and the big tours. He needs to lose some weight, but that’s a steady process.
“This is his first big tour. Initially, he was going to race in Colorado, but I thought having a big tour in his legs at this stage of his career would be more beneficial.
“He’s here to learn, we do not expect anything from this Vuelta, but we would like to have him get through this Vuelta and keep his eyes open and become accustomed to racing at this level. He has a big future.”
Busche grew up in Tosa, the son of Craig and Cynthia, a retired police officer and a radiologist, respectively.
He had moderate success as a runner, both at Wauwatosa West and in his years at Luther College in Iowa.
He is just two years removed from racing and winning in the Wisconsin Road Race Championship.