NCC: Women's standings tighten after Tour of America's Dairyland
The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) explored Wisconsin for the Tour of America's Dairyland, a four-criterium contest spanning June 28-July 1 that crowned both a male and female omnium winner.
The top five of the NCC men's standings remain unchanged after the Tour of America's Dairyland. Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) holds a 50-point lead on a surging Jake Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis). Keough's younger brother Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop) is in third place, 74 points back and only five points ahead of fourth-place Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/Team Exergy). Charles Huff (Springfield, Mo./Jelly Belly Cycling Team) is in fifth place, 94 points behind Escobar.
Fabrizio con Nacher (MEX) finished in the top 10 of each of the four criteriums, including three top-five finishes, to rack up 65 omnium points to win the Tour of America's Dairyland men's omnium. The winners of the four races were: Alexey Schmidt (RUS/Team Type 1), Chad Hartley (Milwaukee, Wisc./Kenda 5-Hour Energy Cycling Team), Cody O'Reilly (Santa Barbara, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Rahsaan Bahati (Los Angeles, Calif./Bahati Foundation-CA).
UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis added 40 points to its lead atop the NCC men's team standings, and now holds a 576-point cushion on Jamis-Sutter Home. Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop overtook Team Exergy and now sits in third place, only 28 points out of second place. Team Exergy is only 23 points out of third place and 89 points ahead of fifth-place Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder.
Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom) won three of the four criteriums to earn the Tour of America's Dairyland omnium win and chip 56 points off Erica Allar's (Tucson, Ariz./RideClean-PatentIt.com) NCC women's standings lead. Allar finished third in two races and fourth in a third contest to place third in the omnium. Despite her omnium win, van Gilder remains in second place, 138 points behind Allar in the standings. Sarah Fader (Morrisville, N.C./Pepper Palace-Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC), who finished sixth in the omnium, holds third place, 220 points behind van Gilder and 102 points ahead of Nicky Wangsgard (Cedar City, Utah/Primal-MapMyRider Women's Racing). Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top) finished 15th in the omnium in Wisconsin and has moved into fifth place, only eight points behind Wangsgard.
Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wisc./Exergy Twenty12) won the fourth criterium and placed 10th in the omnium.
Team TIBCO-To the Top added 57 points to its lead atop the NCC women's team standings and is holding a 157-point edge on second-place Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. NOW and Novartis leapt up the standings and is in third place, 123 points out of second place and 87 points ahead of Vanderkitten-Focus. Exergy Twenty12 rounds out the top five, 28 points behind Vanderkitten-Focus.
USA Cycling NCC Standings
For complete standings, visit the NCC's official webpage at usacycling.org/ncc.
With only five total events remaining on the NCC, points become more coveted. The next event is in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where the men will contest the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on Sunday, July 8. The women will join the men for the Exergy Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, on July 14.
Photos by Karl Hendrikse
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