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VN news ticker: Red Bull Rio Grande Gravel postponed until 2022, Emma White retires, Julia Soek joins Drops-Le Col as DS

Here's the news making headlines for Tuesday, October 12.

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Red Bull Rio Grande Gravel postponed until 2022

Red Bull’s foray into gravel is delayed for another year.

The energy drink giant has announced the postponement of next month’s first-ever Rio Grande Gravel race in Texas. The event was largely designed by Red Bull athletes and Texas natives Payson McElveen and Colin Strickland.

Set to roll out of Cibolo Creek Ranch outside of Marfa, Texas, on November 22, a spokesperson at Red Bull said that the event had to be postponed due to “operational issues impacting the course.”

No 2022 date has been announced.

Emma White announces retirement

Olympic medalist and world champion Emma White has announced her retirement. The American track, road and ‘cross star will hang up her wheels aged just 24 after a short but prolific career.

“It is with great pride, excitement and sadness that I announce I am stepping away from professional cycling,” White wrote on Instagram on Monday.

“In the last 15 years, I have gone from the junior ranks as a kid, to a professional with Rally, on to a world champion and then an Olympian. If you would have told me at 10 years old that any of this would have happened, I never would have believed it! The years have flown by, filled with some of the greatest memories and also some of the most painful heartaches. I’m grateful for all of it.”

White had a rich palmarès highlighted by her achievements with the U.S. pursuit team. In 2020, she won the women’s team pursuit world championships alongside Lily Williams, Chloe Dygert, and Jenifer Valente. White was then part of the four that captured bronze at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

The New Yorker also has a slate of top cyclocross and road results against her name, including a win at the Sea Otter Classic this weekend in what was her last race with Rally Cycling.

White thanked Rally, who she spent her whole career with, and Olympic legend Kristin Armstrong Savola, who acted as her coach.

“I’ve been so incredibly fortunate to work with the best coach in the business Kristin Armstrong Savola for the last eight years,” White said.

“I don’t know how my career would have looked without her, but I’m certain it wouldn’t have lead me as far as it has. She’s shared with me what it takes to be my best on the bike, but more importantly, so many life lessons that I will carry with me forever. A true leader, mentor and friend that I will never be able to adequately thank.”

White did not indicate where the future lies, only suggesting a desire to pursue other goals.

“This isn’t goodbye. I’ll be around,” she wrote. “Cycling will always be a huge part of my life but I have so many goals off the bike and I feel it’s time to conquer them.”

Rally Cycling signs young talents Henrietta Christie and Barbara Malcotti as team seeks WWT license

Rally Cycling signed young climbing talents Henrietta Christie and Barbara Malcotti to its women’s team for 2022 and 2023, the team reported.

The new additions are the first names to be announced for next season’s roster.

With the team applying for a Women’s WorldTour license, they will have plenty of opportunities.

“We saw the promise and progression that they have shown already at a young age,” said women’s team director Joanne Kiesanowski. “Henrietta showed a lot of progression after only a few months in Europe and Barbara has kept improving from her junior years and is ready to move to a World Tour team after racing at a very high level in the elites.”

“They both have shown strength in stage racing and have the abilities to be GC contenders in the future,” Kiesanowski added. “We’re excited to work with them and help them develop over the next two seasons.”

Matej Mohorič, Sonny Colbrelli extend with Bahrain-Victorious

Matej Mohorič and Sonny Colbrelli aren’t going anywhere, and both riders signed multi-year deals to stay with Bahrain-Victorious, the team announced Tuesday.

Mohorič won two stages at the Tour de France, while Colbrelli is hot off victory at Paris-Roubaix.

“I’m happy to continue and stay in a team that is like a family to me. I’m one of the few riders wearing this jersey since 2017, the very first season, debuting in the WorldTour with Bahrain and arriving up to this stunning season,” Colbrelli said. “I can say I grew up with this group, and I must be more than thankful.”

Julia Soek joins Drops-Le Col as DS in 2022

After 13 years in the professional peloton, Julia Soek will retire from racing and join Drops-Le Col as a sport director next season.

“I’m over the moon to add Julia to our staff team for next season. From the first meeting, I was impressed with Julia’s friendly and always positive personality,” said team manager Tom Varney. “Her vision for cycling aligns with ours and how we’d like the team to develop in the coming years. We’re excited to help her transition into her post-rider career.”

Soek will join current DS Nicolas Marche at the team and share the responsibility of the team’s enlarged program with both being present at the biggest races on the calendar. She will take the UCI Sports Directors course this winter in preparation for joining the team for the 2022 season, officials said.

Filippo Ganna eyes hour record

Time trial and track supremo Filippo Ganna is looking at testing his speed over one hour.

Ganna has indicated to La Gazzetta dello Sport that he is eyeing a challenge at the world hour record after he set a pace of 57.5kph in a 30-minute test earlier this year. The current official world record is held by Victor Campenaerts, who covered 55.089 kilometers in 2019.

Ganna indicated that any potential record attempt would come next summer.

“I tried in Montichiari after a period of altitude after the Giro d’Italia. The test only lasted thirty minutes and after that, I was broken. I now understand that you have to plan everything very well and it requires an incredible effort,” Ganna said.

“We’ll have to look into it in the future, I’ll talk to the team about it later. That will be in January. Maybe I’ll make an attack next summer. Let’s hope that one day I can uncork a good bottle of rosé to celebrate my successful world hour record attempt.”

Ganna has already won two time trial world championships, a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympic team pursuit, and holds the individual pursuit world record for attempts made at sea level. Ashton Lambie holds the official record after setting a time of 3:59.93 at the Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico this August.