The race to the top of the NRC standings heated up after the Joe Martin Stage Race and USA Crits Speedweek, especially in the men’s standings.
The battle between RealCyclist.com and BISSELL is reflected in the top 5 of the men’s individual standings. Francisco Mancebo of RealCyclist.com remains at the top with 555 pts with his teammate, and 3rd overall at Joe Martin, Cesar Grajales moving into 5th spot. Three BISSELL riders are sandwiched between the pair, Ben Jacques-Maynes, Chris Baldwin and overall winner of Joe Martin, Frank Pipp jumping up to fourth.
The race in the men’s team standings just got a whole lot tighter, RealCyclist.com still leads with 802 pts with BISSELL closing in, 19 points down. With podium finishes at Joe Martin, Chipotle Development team moves up to third.
After winning the overall at Joe Martin, Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) jumps from fourth to the top of the women’s individual standings. Her team not only continues to lead the women’s team standings but has increased the gap to 446 points over TIBCO/To The Top. With its first NRC stage win at Joe Martin, Primal-MapMyRide Women’s Racing moved up to fourth.
USA CRITS Speed Week ran from April 30-May 8 in various locations throughout the southeast. Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team p/b Maxxis) emerged atop a 225-man field as the omnium winner, amassing 1,621 points through the seven events. Keough won three criteriums, placed second in one and did not finish worse than 12th in any of the seven events. Keough won the omnium by 20 points over his teammate Hilton Clarke. Keough has moved into ninth place in the men’s standings following his omnium win capping Speed Week.
On the women’s side, Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) won the women’s omnium award in a 79-woman field. Van Gilder stayed in the top five of each of the seven criterium events and led a total of 11 laps. She compiled pairs of second-place finishes, third-place finishes, fourth-place finishes and a fifth-place finish. After her performance in Speed Week, Van Gilder has moved into eighth place in the NRC individual standings.
|Top 5 Men’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Men’s Team Standings|
|1. Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) — 575 pts||1. Realcyclist.com — 802 pts|
|2. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling Team) — 222||2. BISSELL Pro Cycling Team —783|
|3. Christopher Baldwin (BISSELL Pro Cycling Team) — 165||3. Chipotle Development Team — 479|
|4. K. Frank Pipp (BISSELL Pro Cycling Team) — 170||4. Trek Livestrong — 380|
|5. Cesar Grajales (Realcyclist.com) — 166||5. Team Exergy —355|
|Top 5 Women’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Women’s Team Standings|
|1. Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) — 368 pts||1. Colavita-Forno d’Asolo — 1,105 pts|
|2. Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling) — 244||2. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 659|
|3. Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad Women) — 217||3. HTC-Highroad — 381|
|4. Mara Abbott (Diadora Pasta Zara) – 201||4. Primal-MapMyRide Women’s Racing — 341|
|5. Kathryn Donovan (Southern California Velo) — 184||5. Diadora Pasta Zara — 176|
The NRC continues with The Tour de Grove, a crit in in St. Louis on May 14.