Busche staying with RadioShack-Leopard-Trek merger
Busche, 26, is among the carry-over riders from RadioShack staying with the team as Leopard-Trek and RadioShack join forces for the 2012 season.
“I’m excited about it,” Busche told VeloNews. “I think it’s going to be a great team.”
Busche enjoyed a breakout season that included victory in the U.S. national championships in Greenville as well as a solid racing calendar that kept him busy from February to October.
He was solid throughout the spring, riding in support roles at Paris-Nice and helping the team win the Vuelta al País Vasco with Andreas Kloden before riding through the Ardennes classics.
He carried that solid form back to the United States, where he won the U.S. title and helped Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer finish first and second on the final podium at the Tour of California.
He got through his first grand tour, finishing 113th in what described as many as the most difficult Vuelta ever.
“The goal was to make it to Madrid and I made it, that’s all I could ask,” Busche said. “There was never an easy day. I had my moments when I felt pretty cracked. Hopefully that strength will help going forward to build for the future.”
Busche is among 12 RadioShack riders staying over as the two squads merge while 13 RadioShack riders are leaving.
Among Leopard-Trek, there are 13 holdovers while 12 will be leaving to new squads next season.