Reflecting on the season

Matthew Busche (Radioshack) dons his arm warmers

Matthew Busche (Radioshack) dons his arm warmers (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)

The 2011 Lombardia has brought a close to my second year as a professional cyclist. It's hard for me to believe I have completed two years already. I haven't had much time yet to reflect on my first two seasons, but I know I have grown tremendously as a cyclist, person, and husband.

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He may be a relative new-comer to professional cycling, having switched to two wheels after a successful collegiate running career, but American Matthew Busche has been quick to make a big impression.

The 26-year-old is in his second season with RadioShack and triumphed in the USA Pro Cycling Championships for his breakout victory, defeating George Hincapie in a photo finish. The 2011 Vuelta a Espana marks his grand tour debut.

In 2012, Busche will join the newly-merged RadioShack-Nissan-Trek.