USA Cycling continued its 2010 National Racing Calendar over the weekend in the Twin Cities metro area with the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the highest rated stage race on the NRC at 2.1. (See reports and photos of Nature Valley Grand Prix)
Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) won the general classification for the third straight year. Sutherland finished atop the final overall standings on Sunday (June 20) after winning the Stillwater Criterium, the race’s final stage. The Australian finished three seconds ahead of Luis Amaran (Jamis Sutter Home-Colavita). Overall runner-up Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) finished six seconds behind Sutherland in the GC, and teammate David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies) earned the final podium position.
On the women’s side, GC winner Shelley Evans (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) finished second in the Stillwater Criterium, 14 seconds behind stage winner Evelyn Stevens (HTC Columbia). Stevens finished 10 seconds behind Evans in the overall standings, while Ruth Corset (TIBCO/To The Top) edged out Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders) for the final podium spot.
No changes to the NRC lead but the race just got tighter. Amaran still has a considerable the men’s individual NRC overall standings with 923 points while Sutherland jumped to second place with 565 points ans Zwizanski is now in third place. Amaran’s team Jamis/Sutter Home still tops the men’s team competition with UnitedHealthcare moving from fourth to second place and Kelly Benefit makes its appearance in the Top 5.
Alison Powers (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) sits atop the women’s individual leader board with Evans in second spot. Team VBF still leads the team classification with TIBCO/To The Top in second place closing down the gap.
|After 13 of 24 events , the USA Cycling NRC Top 5 standings are:|
|Men’s Individual Standings
||Men’s Team Standings
|Women’s Individual Standings
||Women’s Team Standings
The NRC continues on Sunday, June 27, with the men’s Manhattan Beach Grand Prix in Manhattan Beach, Calif. On the following, is the the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic July 2-5 in Fitchburg, Mass. for both the men and women.