NCC: Men’s standings shaken up at Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium

  
  


(July 15, 2014) – Luke Keough’s (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) lead was the only unchanged slot in the men’s USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) standings following a top-five shakeup at the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, on July 12.
 
MEN
 
Ken Hanson (right) just edges out Luke Keough to win the men's pro race.
Kenneth Hanson (right) just edges out Luke Keough to win the men's pro race. (photo by Patrick Sweeney)

Keough’s second-place effort was enough to hold his top spot at 544 points in an otherwise shifting men’s top five. Kenneth Hanson (San Diego, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) used his Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium win to propel him from fourth to second with 467 points, while Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Athlete Octane Cycling) dropped from second to third with 438 despite taking third at the criterium. Isaac Howe (Winooski, Vt./Champion System-Stan's No Tubes) was bumped from his third-place perch following his 20th-place finish, closing out the week with a fourth-place 371 points. Adam Myerson (Boston, Mass./SmartStop Pro Cycling) finds himself back in the top five with 360 points after taking sixth at the event.
 
WOMEN
 
Unlike the men’s standings, the women’s top five remained unscathed after three riders recorded top-10 finishes at the Twilight Criterium. Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita-Fine Cooking) continued to stretch her lead at the top, winning her second consecutive NCC event in as many weeks and giving her 807 points on the year. Tina Pic (Hailey, Idaho/Fearless Femme) crossed seventh in Boise, retaining her spot in second with 569 points, followed by Laura Van Gilder’s (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) third-place 507 points. Van Gilder took fifth at the criterium. Despite not competing at the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium, Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) and Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./TIBCO/To the Top) held their respective fourth- and fifth-place standings with 430 and 364 points. Rivera was racing in last week's Giro Rosa in Italy, while Ryan helped lead Team USA to an overall title at the Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic.
 
TEAM
 
Erica Allar wins the women's pro race at the Ken Hanson (right) just edges out Luke Keough to win the men's pro race at the Twilight Criterium.
Erica Allar wins the women's pro race. (photo by Otto Kitsinger)

The men’s and women’s team standings also remained unchanged after the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium, as UnitedHealthcare held the men’s top spot with 2264 points after Hanson and Keough took the top two spots at the crit. Athlete Octane Cycling stands second with 705 points on Holloway’s third-place result, while Astellas Cycling Team remained in third with 662 points. Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes is fourth with 552 points and SmartStop Pro Cycling holds fifth with 487.
 
Colavita-Fine Cooking further expanded its lead in the women’s standings with 1469 points after Allar’s win, while second-place TIBCO/To the Top and third-place UnitedHealthcare did not record any points on the week, keeping the teams’ respective points totals at 1044 and 1034. Pepper Palace Pro Cycling stands fourth with 750 points, followed by fifth-place Fearless Femme with 648 points.
 
Full Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium results.
 
USA Cycling NCC standings
 
Men
1.  Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) - 544
2.  Kenneth Hanson (San Diego, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) - 467
3.  Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Athlete Octane Cycling) - 438
4.  Isaac Howe (Winooski, Vt./Champion System-Stan's No Tubes) - 371
5. Adam Myerson (Boston, Mass./SmartStop Pro Cycling) - 360
 
Women
1.  Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita-Fine Cooking) - 807
2.  Tina Pic (Hailey, Idaho/Fearless Femme) - 569
3.  Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) - 507
4.  Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) - 430
5.  Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./TIBCO/To the Top) - 364
 
Men’s Team Standings
1.  UnitedHealthcare - 2264
2.  Athlete Octane Cycling - 705
3.  Astellas Cycling Team - 662
4.  Champion System-Stan's NoTubes - 552
5.  SmartStop Pro Cycling - 487
 
Women’s Team Standings
1. Colavita-Fine Cooking - 1469
2.  TIBCO/To the Top - 1044
3.  UnitedHealthcare - 1034
4.  Pepper Palace Pro Cycling - 750
5.  Fearless Femme - 648
 
For complete standings, visit the National Criterium Calendar webpage.
 
The NCC continues this week with the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series in Lake Bluff, Ill., on July 19.

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