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VN news ticker: Former US pro Small joins Jumbo-Visma Women staff, Rally Cycling signs Jensen

Here's the news making headlines for Saturday, October 30.

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Carmen Small becomes race coach at Jumbo-Visma women’s team

Retired U.S. pro Carmen Small has been appointed race coach of the Jumbo-Visma women’s team.

Small will join the team of Marianne Vos and Coryn Labecki after staffing at Ceratizit WNT and Team Virtu since her retirement in 2017. The 41-year-old Coloradan raced alongside Jumbo-Visma manager Esra Tromp during her seven-year career.

“I already knew her as a rider, but also as a sports director in recent years,” Tromp said. “It always struck me how well she took care of things, and also how strong she was tactically. Carmen succeeds very well in getting everyone to point in the same direction. We want to grow to a higher level every year. That is a joint ambition and Carmen has the experience to realize that.”

Durango-native Small twice won gold at the world championships team time trial and scored a bronze in the 2013 ITT.

Rally Cycling signs Norwegian strongman August Jensen

August Jensen will be racing for Rally Cycling in 2022. Rally confirmed this week that the Norwegian classics rider and leadout man will join his former teammates Arvid de Kleijn and fellow newcomer Kristian Aasvold at the squad next season.

“August was someone that Arvid had mentioned as a great leadout rider,” said team performance director Jonas Carney. “He will bring a good deal of experience to the team, and we’re excited by how his acquisition will bolster our performance in the final kilometers of a race.”

Jensen, 30, spent 2021 racing with Team Delko. He is one of a number of new signings for the U.S.-registered squad, including Gage Hecht, Wessel Krul and Jensen’s countryman Aasvold.

The team is expected to confirm one more new recruit before the new year.

Rally women’s team has also been busy in the transfer market and has brought six new names to the squad for 2022.