When asked what American the road race course suits best, he said: “This is custom made for a big, strong guy like Taylor Phinney.” He added it was shame Phinney suffered such an untimely and severe injury (broken leg, last year in Chattanooga during U.S. Nationals) when the U.S. was set to hold the world’s biggest annual cycling event but hopes he gains enough fitness to represent Team USA.
“I hope to be in Richmond this September,” said Busche. “I take a lot of pride racing in the Stars and Stripes jersey.”
Matthew Busche, the current U.S.A. National Champion for elite men’s road race, visited Richmond to survey the 16-kilometer circuit course for the World Championships recently.
“It’s a deceivingly tough course,” said Busche. “The cobblestone sections up Libby Hill and 23rd Street will really make this race interesting. Shoot in the final climb up Governor’s Hill so close to the finish and it will take a real strength rider to win. It’s not a sprinter’s course.”
Busche said the course favors riders like Slovakia’s Peter Sagan, Norwegians Alexander Kristoff and Edvold Boasson Hagen, German John Degenkolb, Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet, and Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellera, his Trek Factory Racing teammate who is coming off an injury in last month’s Tour de France.
Busche is awaiting his own fate on Team USA noting selections will be announced in early September. He recently crashed hard and was forced to abandon the Tour of Utah, but, will try to rebound from the injuries to race in the upcoming USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, August 17-23, 2015, a race he finished 5th overall in last year.
The U.S.A. elite men’s team make up is expected to be an eight-man roster. Two team members that should make the squad are Tejay van Garderen and current elite men’s U.S. National Time Trial Champion Andrew Talansky, noting they will most likely be Team USA’s representatives in the individual time trial.