Wauwatosa native Matthew Busche will continue his pro cycling pursuits with a RadioShack team in 2012.
Following his second pro season, and his first success in a Grand Tour, Busche will join the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team formed with the merger of team Leopard Trek.
Busche is among 12 RadioShack riders staying on as the two squads merge while 13 RadioShack riders are leaving.
Just a few years removed from amateur racing and a Wisconsin State Road Championship, Busche had a successful 2011 campaign that some have described as a breakout season.
In May, he out-sprinted Tour de France veteran George Hincapie and two other riders to win the USA Cycling Pro Road Race National Championship in Greenville, S.C. He played a key support role for teammates Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer in the Tour of California and finished the grueling Vuelta a Espana.
Reflecting on 2011, I am generally happy with how it went,” Busche said in an interview with Cyclingnews.com. “The competitor in every professional cyclist strives for more than we achieve, so there is always something that can be improved or that we wish had gone differently. I have plenty of things I would like to improve upon, so as I look forward into 2012, I will certainly be hoping to continue to build and grow for the betterment of my cycling career.
“As far as successes in 2011, the first and foremost is my general health and happiness by avoiding major crashes and carrying on a happy life outside of cycling. Then the obvious is my US Pro Road Race Championship where I narrowly defeated the legendary George Hincapie. It is a moment and day I will never forget.”
Busche recently underwent surgery for a broken collarbone and is recuperating back in the U.S.