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by Mark Zalewski
December 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach; With an eye to the future, Mollema targets Giro and commits to Contador in 2017 Tour; Bart Wellens on transition to managing a team; Stijn Vandenbergh ready for Roubaix; Rob Peeters out with flu; George Bennett diagnosed with mononucleosis; Matthew Busche announces retirement; Wegmann retires after 15 seasons; Matteo Tosatto on retirement: ‘I will not beg for a contract’; Compton, Hyde win USA Cycling Pro CX titles; Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 route announced; Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt; Practice the post-up before winning.
Two-time U.S. national champion Matthew Busche announced his retirement, effective at the end of the month, according to a report in VeloNews. The 31-year-old had raced for the Unitedhealthcare team this season after six seasons at the WorldTour level.
“I’ve decided to close this chapter of my life and begin to write the next one,” he told VeloNews. “Cycling has been an amazing journey and I certainly wanted it to last longer, but the time seems right for me to move on.”
The American came to the sport a little later than most, after an injury during his collegiate running career. He took to the bike well and in 2009 found himself racing on a top domestic team. After a year there he wound-up in Europe in the then ProTour with the Radioshack team.
In 2011 he surprised many, including himself, winning the U.S. professional road championship. He did so again in 2015, which he said validated his 2011 title for him.
Busche said the stress of searching for a contract contributed to his decision, and that although he had the opportunity to continue racing professionally, he decided the “time was right” to move on.
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