NCC: Allar and Clarke hold leads, but chasers gain in standings
Since the last update of the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) standings, the riders turned the midway point, riding in the eighth, ninth and tenth of the 19-event calendar. The male riders have contested the Tour of Somerville and Base Camp International p/b Verizon Wireless before the men and women competed in the Glencoe Grand Prix p/b AT&T.
The NCC men's standings have tightened dramatically in a three-race span. Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) maintains the top spot, but Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/Team Exergy) has pulled within 86 points. Escobar finished seventh at Basecamp and 12th in Somerville to trim 38 points off Clarke's margin. Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop) jumped from fifth place into third after winning Somerville and placing 12th in Glencoe. Keough is only eight points behind Escobar and 36 points ahead of his brother, Jacobe Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis), who sits in fourth place. Alejandro Borrajo (ARG/Jamis-Sutter Home) posted a pair of top-10 finishes, placing fourth in Somerville and eighth in Basecamp, to assume fifth place, 46 points behind Jacobe Keough.
In the NCC men's team standings, UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis continues to hold the top spot, but Jamis-Sutter Home has made a steady ascent up the standings. Jamis-Sutter Home, which sat in fifth place three weeks ago, jumped to third two weeks ago and now has overtaken Team Exergy for second place. UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis' lead is 316 on Jamis-Sutter Home. Team Exergy slipped one spot into third place, only 16 points behind Jamis-Sutter Home and 27 points over Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop, which maintained its position in fourth place. Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder is still in fifth place, 31 points behind Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop.
The NCC women's standings are unchanged after the women contested the Glencoe Grand Prix. Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./RideClean-PatentIt.com) holds the top spot with a 146-point advantage on Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom). Van Gilder won the race on Saturday in Illinois, edging Allar at the finish line, to chip 32 points off Allar's cushion. Sarah Fader (Morrisville, N.C./Pepper Palace-Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC) remains in third place, after placing ninth on Saturday in Glencoe, 129 points behind van Gilder. Nicky Wangsgard (Cedar City, Utah/Primal-MapMyRider Women's Racing), who finished fourth in Illinois, holds fourth place in the standings, nine points behind Fader and 48 points ahead of fifth-place Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). Matching Wilcoxson's 114 points is Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top).
Just like the women's standings, the NCC women's team standings are unchanged after the Glencoe Grand Prix. Team TIBCO-To the Top has added to its lead and now is 109 points ahead of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. Exergy Twenty12 is 62 points out of second place and only 22 points ahead of fourth-place Vanderkitten-Focus. Nipping at Vanderkitten-Focus' heels is fifth-place Primal-MapMyRider Women's Racing as it is only nine points out of fourth place.
Check out a photo gallery of pictures from the Glencoe Grand Prix p/b AT&T.
USA Cycling NCC Standings:
For complete standings, visit the NCC's official webpage at usacycling.org/ncc.
The NCC rolls into its 11th and 12th of 19 races this weekend. The action starts with the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough in Tulsa, Okla. from June 8-10 before the Air Force Cycling Classic in Arlington, Va. happens on June 9-10.
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