With only eight events left on the NRC, the upcoming Cascade Cycling Classic is even more important for the teams and riders battling for points. Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) has been leading since winning the first race, the Redlands Bicycle Classic, back in March and it will be difficult to topple him especially as the next four on the standings are sprinters. Though the 2.2-rated Cascade has 160 points for the overall winner, 25 points for each stage winner and 8 points for the GC leader during the race, the hilly race suits Mancebo’s skills and he should do well there and get more points.
Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) sits at 52 points down but his participation at future NRC races will be limited as Pro Continental UnitedHealthcare is only allowed to race NRC criteriums – well unless they can somehow get a dispensation from USA Cycling like at Nature Valley Grand Prix. Following his win at last weekend’s Boise Twilight Criterium, the only race on the NRC, sprinter Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia) moved up to third spot, pushing Frank Pipp (BISSELL) down to fourth. With his fourth place at Boise, Carlos Alzate (Team Exergy) jumped up to fifth.
BISSELL expanded its lead to 102 points in the Team Standings. Jamis-Sutter Home is in third place with a 622-point deficit.
The women’s NRC standings are unchanged as the Boise Twilight did not offer up NRC points for the women. With individual NRC leader Amber Neben (HTC-HighRoad) racing in Europe, the Cascade Cycling Classic should re-shuffle the top of the standings with Neben only holding a 54-point edge on Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo). Holcomb has 127 points on Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO-To the Top) and 157 points on teammate Leah Kirchmann.
In the women’s team NRC standings, Colavita/Forno d’Asolo continues to dominate with 2,449 points, holding a 776-point lead on Team TIBCO-To The Top.
|Top 5 Men’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Men’s Team Standings|
|1. Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) — 575 pts||1. BISSELL Pro Cycling Team — 1,817 pts|
|2. Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team p/b Maxxis) — 523||2. UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling — 1,715|
|3. Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V) — 460||3. Jamis/Sutter Home —1,195|
|4. K Frank Pipp (BISSELL Pro Cycling) — 430||4. Team Exergy — 1,073|
|5. Carlos Alzate Escobar (Team Exergy) — 360||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|