NCC: Clarke and Allar remain in charge after Wilmingon Grand Prix
The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) rolled into its seventh event as riders stormed the streets of Wilmington, Del. for the Wilmington Grand Prix. Thousands of cycling fans and local residents lined the downtown Wilmington streets, watching competitors turn laps on the figure-eight course.
After placing second to Demis Aleman (ARG/Jamis-Sutter Home) at the Wilmington Grand Prix, Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) has opened a 129-point lead atop the NCC men's standings. Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/Team Exergy) remains in second place, holding a 37-point edge on Jacobe Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis). Keough climbed up one spot from fourth place in last week's standings into third after finishing fourth in Delaware. Isaac Howe (Concord, N.H./Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder) held on to fourth place with 161 points, just six points ahead of Jacobe's brother, Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop).
Jamis-Sutter Home made a jump in the NCC men's team standings, moving from fifth to third place, overtaking Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder and Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop. UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis remains the standings leaders, expanding its lead to 379 points over second-place Team Exergy. Jamis-Sutter Home trails Team Exergy by 56 points while holding a 16-point cushion on Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop. In fifth place, only one point out of fourth place is Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder.
The lone change to the NCC women's standings was Sarah Fader (Morrisville, N.C./Pepper Palace-Spin Tech p/b ABRC) and Nicky Wangsgard (Cedar City, Utah/Primal-MapMyRider Women's Racing) swapping third and fourth places. Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom) finished second to Lindsay Bayer (Reston, Va./XO Communications p/b Cisco) Saturday in Wilmington. In finishing one spot ahead of the leader of the NCC women's standings, Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./RideClean-PatentIt.com), van Gilder has trimmed Allar's lead to 178 points. Fader sits in third place, 65 points behind van Gilder and 29 points ahead of Wangsgard. Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) rounds out the top five, 12 points behind Wangsgard.
Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies chipped 38 points off of Team TIBCO-To the Top's lead in the NCC women's team standings. Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies remains in second place, trailing Team TIBCO-To the Top by 67 points and holding a 93-point edge on third-place Exergy Twenty12. Vanderkitten-Focus is in fourth place, 19 points behind Exergy Twenty12 and 22 points ahead of the fifth-place Primal-MapMyRider Women's Racing.
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USA Cycling NCC Standings:
For complete standings, visit the NCC's official webpage at usacycling.org/ncc.
The NCC continues with a pair of contests in the northeast. On May 28, riders are slated to contest the Tour of Somerville in Somerville, N.J. before they compete in the Base Camp International p/b Verizon Wireless in Basking Ridge, N.J. on May 31.
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