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by Shane Stokes
September 26, 2017
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Team Virtu Cycling and Carmen Small announced Monday that the American will continue with the Danish team in 2018, but in another role: as the sports director.
Team Virtu Cycling, previously Team VeloConcept, hired on Small as an athlete for 2017 with the idea in mind that she would transition into her current role as DS. However, an unfortunate crash in the spring Classics left Small with a serious concussion, and brought about this transition earlier than anticipated. While she misses racing, she enjoys her new role and is happy to end her career when she still loves the sport, but still, “it’s a lot of mixed feelings,” explained Small.
A long list of palmares back up Small’s role as a DS along with her reputation as a selfless teammate, and she will undoubtedly apply all her qualities as an athlete into this position.
In preparation for this, Small completed the UCI Sports Director course, but admits the job is difficult. “It’s not easy. I got my feet a little wet this year already, but I still have a lot to learn to be a good sports director. I’m looking forward to starting next season and working with a strong team, I’ve put together and it will be a huge benefit setting up the program and the expectations to begin with.”
“I think it is really beneficial because I’ve been racing – I came basically straight into being a DS. I know the girls, the races, the courses and I know how the girls race because I was just racing them. I think it is hugely beneficial when it comes to tactics, understanding what the girls are going through, and the pain that it takes to be the best, because I’ve done it myself.”