Rodriguez out, Busche in for U.S. at worlds

Veteran four-time U.S. champ says the hilly course in Italy led him to resign from the worlds selection

U.S. road champion Freddie Rodriguez (Jelly Belly-Kenda) has resigned his nomination to the national team for the world championships in Florence, Italy. USA Cycling announced the decision on Thursday, replacing the 40-year-old with Matthew Busche (RadioShack-Leopard).

“It is a great honor to be on the U.S. team for the worlds, especially at the age of 40,” Rodriguez said in a press release. ”However, in reviewing the course, it will no doubt be suited for an athlete with a different skill set than me. I look forward to future world teams where the course may be better suited for me. Being totally unselfish with the situation, I will forgo a position on this year’s team and now yield to someone with climbing skills better suited for this year’s course. I wish Team USA well.”

Busche recently served as a key domestique to American Chris Horner, who won the Vuelta a España earlier this month. With a climber-friendly course in Tuscany, Busche should again serve as an important piece of a team likely to support Horner, Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp).

U.S. selection for the 2013 UCI Road World Championships:
Matthew Busche, RadioShack-Leopard (RR)
Chris Horner, RadioShack-Leopard (RR)
Alex Howes, Garmin-Sharp (RR)
Taylor Phinney, BMC Racing (RR and TT)
Peter Stetina, Garmin-Sharp (RR)
Andrew Talansky, Garmin-Sharp (RR and TT)
Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing (RR)