A stage win and four riders in the top 10 overall at the 2.4 Tour de Toona hoisted the BISSELL Pro Cycling Team back to the top of the NRC team standings. Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) and Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad) remain atop the individual standings with nine events to go on the USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar (NRC). Colavita/Forno d’Asolo increased its commanding lead in the women’s team standings.
At the Tour de ‘Toona, Scott Lyttle (PureBlack Racing) topped the general classification after totaling two wins and four top-five finishes. Chris Baldwin (BISSELL) finished 37 seconds behind Lyttle in second place. Brett Tivers (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton) finished third. Lyttle won Thursday’s road race and the stage race on Sunday by a convincing 47 seconds.
Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) posted three top-five finishes, including a win in Saturday’s stage race at the Tour de ‘Toona to win the overall. Tara Whitten (Team TIBCO/To the Top) was second and Kathryn Donovan (Southern California Velo) finished third overall.
Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) still holds a 52-point lead on second-place rider Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare). Frank Pipp (BISSELL) jumped into third from seventh after finishing sixth overall at Toona.
BISSELL now has a 57-point lead on UnitedHealthcare. Jamis-Sutter Home remains in third place with a 171-point cushion on Team Exergy. PureBlack Racing bumped Realcyclist.com from the fifth position.
Neben’s lead over second-place Holcomb is down to 54 points. Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO/To the Top) remains in third place, 127 points behind Holcomb. Leah Kirchmann (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) jumped from sixth into fourth place with a stage win at Toona.
Colavita-Forno d’Asolo expanded its lead in the women’s NRC team standings to 776 points over TIBCO.
|Top 5 Men’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Men’s Team Standings|
|1. Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) — 575 pts||1. BISSELL Pro Cycling Team — 1,772 pts|
|2. Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team p/b Maxxis) — 523||2. UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling — 1,715|
|3. K Frank Pipp (BISSELL Pro Cycling Team) — 385||3. Jamis/Sutter Home —1,189|
|4. Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V) — 360||4. Team Exergy — 1,018|
|5. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) — 354||5. PureBlack Racing —809|
|Top 5 Women’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Women’s Team Standings|
|1. Amber Neben (HTC – Highroad Women) — 536||1. Colavita/Forno d’Asolo — 2,449 pts|
|2. Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) — 482||2. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 1,673|
|3. Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO-To the Top) — 355||3. HTC – Highroad Women — 1,260|
|4. Leah Kirchamnn (Colavita/Forno-d’Asolo) — 325||4. Diadora Pasta Zara — 462|
|5. Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) — 315||5. Primal/MapMyRider Women’s Racing — 332|
The next NRC event, for men only, is the Boise Twilight on July 16 meaning there are no women’s NRC races this weekend. The BMC Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore., from July 19-24 will count for both men and women.