Matthew Busche Wins 2011 USA National Road Race Championship
On a blazing hot Memorial Day Team RadioShack's Matthew Busche won a photo finish tight sprint victory to take the 2011 USA Cycling Professional Road Race National Championship in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The 26-year-old nipped hometown hero George Hincapie of Team BMC Racing at the finish line, keeping the three-time champion from gaining his fourth Stars-and-Stripes national champion jersey in front of his home crowd.
national title. It's inspiring for next year ... maybe the top step of the podium," King added.
Despite the soaring temperatures and signature southern humidity, the 44 finishers recorded the fastest time on this course since it was slightly adapted in 2009. Today's mark of 04:28:02 is more than 16 minutes faster than now-former national road race champion Ben King's (Team RadioShack) 2010 time of 04:44:59.
For the blossoming Busche, a former collegiate cross-country runner who has only been in the sport of cycling for a few years, the professional road national championship marks the first major victory of his career. Saturday's time trial bronze medalist also becomes the first rider to earn podium finishes in both the time trial and the road race in the six-year history of the current us pro national championships race format.