As expected, the highest-rated NRC stage race, the 2.1-rated Nature Valley Grand Prix had an impact on the USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar standings. The overall winner Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad) takes over the top of the individual women’s standings once again, a position she held at the beginning of the season after winning the NRC opener Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Neben now leads Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) by 162 point. Second overall at NVGP, Erinne Willock (TIBCO/To The Top) jumps to third spot, 40 points ahead of Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) who finished third overall.
The top three of the women’s team standings are unchanged with Colavita/Forno d’Asolo still on top after winning 3 stages at NVGP. They hold a 730-point lead over TIBCO/To The Top.
The men’s race in both the individual and team standings tightened up after the Minnesota stage race. Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com), who just won the UCI Tour de Beauce in Canada during this period, remains on top. Sitting in second is still sprinter Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) who slimmed down the gap to 112 points with one stage win and two podium finishes.
On the strength of his overall win at Nature Valley, and a second at one stage, Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Optumhealth) jumped to third place, one point ahead of Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare). Frank Pipp (BISSELL) moved from 11th to 5th.
After securing 10 podium positions and 12 top five finishes at the six-stage Nature Valley Grand Prix, UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling increased its lead atop the men’s team standing to 265-point lead over BISSELL Pro Cycling. Jamis-Sutter Home jumped from fifth in last week’s standings to third this week buoyed by Luis Amaran‘s third overall. Team Exergy rose from sixth to fourth in a one-week span, holding a 117-point advantage over Realcyclist.com.
Finishing second overall at NVGP, Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) now sits in 7th while Amaran is 13th.
|Top 5 Men’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Men’s Team Standings|
|1. Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) — 575 pts||1. UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling — 1,655 pts|
|2. Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team p/b Maxxis) — 463||2. BISSELL Pro Cycling Team — 1,390|
|3. Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies – OptumHealth) — 344||3. Jamis/Sutter Home —1,072|
|4. Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling) —343||4. Team Exergy — 918|
|5. K. Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) — 330||5. Realcyclist.com — 801|
|Top 5 Women’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Women’s Team Standings|
|1. Amber Neben (HTC – Highroad Women) — 536||1. Colavita-Forno d’Asolo — 2,251 pts|
|2. Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) — 374||2. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 1,521|
|3. Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO-To the Top) — 355||3. HTC – Highroad Women — 1,260|
|4. Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) — 315||4. Diadora Pasta Zara — 462|
|5. Evelyn Stevens (HTC – Highroad Women) —306||5. Primal/MapMyRider Women’s Racing — 332|
No NRC races for the women who are contesting the USA National Time Trial, Criterium and Road Race Championships this week.