While the two criteriums, Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium and Tour de Nez, tightened the NRC men’s individual and team standings, Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) and BISSELL remain on top. No changes to top 5 in the women’s individual standings led by Janel Holcomb while her squad Colavita/Forno d’Asolo padded its commanding lead in the team standings.
After winning the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium on Saturday, Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) trimmed 120 points off Mancebo’s lead atop the men’s NRC standings and now trails by only 179 points. Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia), who was just three-tenths of a second behind Keough in Charlotte, strengthened his grip on third place, pulling 75 points away from Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling), who sits in fourth. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis-Sutther Home) moved into fifth place, 34 points behind Pipp.
The 50-mile Presbyterian Hospital Invitation Criterium was held on a 1.3-mile loop through the city. Heath Blackgrove (ELBOWZ Racing) was off the front for the majority of the race, at times by 15 seconds. But he was reeled in with five laps to go, and the UnitedHealthcare train set up to deliver Keough to the line for the win ahead of Cantwell and Borrajo.
On Sunday, Daniel Ramsey (Full Circle Sports) soloed away from the field on the technical Tour de Nez course for the win in Reno, Nevada. Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ/Pista Palace) won the three-man sprint for second, edging out Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) and Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Optumhealth).
UnitedHealthcare trimmed 110 points off its deficit to the leader of the men’s team NRC standings, BISSELL Pro Cycling. After trailing by 366 points last week, UnitedHealthcare now trails by only 256 with five events remaining. Jamis-Sutter Home sits in third place, 373 points ahead of Realcyclist.com, which overtook Team Exergy for fourth place. Team Exergy sits in fifth place, 26 points out of fourth.
The top five of the women’s NRC standings are unchanged from last week. In fact, Holcomb added 50 points to her lead after placing ninth in the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium. Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad Women) remains in second place and now trails Holcomb by 170 points. Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO to the Top) is 83 points behind Neben and only 36 points ahead of Kristin Armstrong-Savola (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12).
In Charlotte, a crash before the midpoint of the race forced a restart. As the race continued, Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO-to the Top) snuck off the front but was quickly brought back by the Colavita-Forno d’Asolo squad who ten deliver Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) to the line to win her second consecutive title in Charlotte. A close second, at just one-tenth of a second behind was Laura van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom). Erica Allar (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com) took third.
Halfway through the Tour de Nez, Amber Pierce (Diadora Pasta Zara) soloed away from the pack to win in her hometown. Tiffany Pezzulo (Primal-MapMyRide) took the field sprint for second ahead of Katerina Nash (Luna Pro).
In the women’s team NRC standings, Colavita-Forno d’Asolo added 25 points to its lead and now holds a 884-point advantage over Team TIBCO-to the Top with only five events remaining. HTC-Highroad Women remains in third place, 878 points behind Team TIBCO to the Top. Diadora Pasta Zara is in fourth place, 116 points ahead of the fifth-place Primal-MapMyRide Women’s Racing, but 738 points behind HTC-Highroad Women.
|Top 5 Men’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Men’s Team Standings|
|1. Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) — 822 pts||1. BISSELL Pro Cycling — 2,199 pts|
|2. Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling) — 643||2. UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling — 1,943|
|3. Jonathan Cantwell (Team Fly V) — 535||3. Jamis-Sutter Home —1,516|
|4. K Frank Pipp (BISSELL Pro Cycling) — 460||4. Realcyclist.com — 1,143|
|5. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis-Sutter Home) — 426||5. Team Exergy — 1,117|
|Top 5 Women’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Women’s Team Standings|
|1. Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) —706 pts||1. Colavita/Forno d’Asolo — 3,022 pts|
|2. Amber Neben (HTC – Highroad Women) — 536||2. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 2,138|
|3. Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO-To the Top) — 453||3. HTC – Highroad Women — 1,260|
|4. Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) — 417||4. Diadora Pasta Zara — 462|
|5. Clara Hughes – 409||5. Primal/MapMyRider Women’s Racing — 406|
The next event in the NRC is the Tour of Elk Grove, a three-day stage race in Elk Grove, Ill., on Aug. 5-7. On both the UCI and NRC calendar for the men, the event is ranked 2.1 for the men. For the first time, the event is also offering up an NRC stage race for the women, ranked at 2.2 on the NRC.