In front of an estimated crowd of more than 15,000 in downtown Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday, Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita teammates Alejandro Borrajo and Luis Amaran finished hand-in-hand to win the USA Cycling NRC‘s sixth event of the season. (Note: crowd estimate is from USA Cycling)
The 35-mile crit held in Wilmington, Delaware is known as a challenging course with a tiring climb through the start/finish line. This year the promoters added several more turns, making the race even more technical and difficult. Mid-way through the race Amaran countered a move to escape the field. Seeing that the move was sticking, Borrajo bridged up and the pair worked together with Borrajo taking the win. Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis) finished third. (See videos of the race).
In the women’s race, one of cycling’s most decorated sprinters and three-time Wilmington Grand Prix champ Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom Racing) sat second wheel until the bell where she made her winning move to grab her third coveted gold necklace. Kacey Manderfield (Vanderkitten) finished second and Jennifer Purcell (Roosters presented by Edge Composite Wheels) third.
Amaran and Borrajo used their 1,2 result in Wilmington to help their Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita team take over the NRC men’s team overall lead from the Fly V Australia squad who has led most of the season. Amaran also padded his individual NRC lead with his second-place result and Borrajo moved into the top five.
Even though she did not race in Wilmington, Alison Powers (Team VBF) and her Team Vera Bradley Foundation continue to hold a strong lead on the women’s side of the NRC.
|After 6 events completed for the men, the top 5 are:|
|Men’s Individual Standings
||Men’s Team Standings
|After 5 events completed for the women, the top 5 are:|
|Women’s Individual Standings
||Women’s Team Standings
The Base Camp International p/b Bernards Township, On Track Technology, Liberty Cycle will immediately continue the men’s portion of the NRC in Basking Ridge, N.J. on May 26. Followed by the Tour of Somerville – the country’s oldest cycling race will offer NRC points to the winners of both its men’s and women’s pro events on Memorial Day, May 31 in Somerville, N.J.