NCC Wrap: Men’s, women’s standings shuffled after eventful weekend

  
  


(June 11, 2014) -- The 2014 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) men’s and women’s standings were scrambled following the Air Force Association Cycling Classic, June 7-8, in Arlington, Va., and the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, June 6-8, in Tulsa, Okla.
 
MEN
 
Men's winners celebrate on the podium.
Men's winners stand atop the podium at the Air Force Association Cycling Classic in Arlington, Va. (photo by Darrell Parks)

Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/UnitedHealthcare) retained the top spot in the men’s NCC standings after placing sixth in the Air Force Association Cycling Classic omnium with seventh-place finishes in both criteriums. Isaac Howe (Winooski, Vt./Champion System-Stan's No Tubes) jumped from fourth to second with a fifth-place omnium at the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, which included seventh-place criterium finishes on June 6-7 and a 12th-place effort on June 8. Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) also jumped a spot from fifth to fourth thanks to a second-place omnium at Tulsa, which was made possible with a June 6 criterium silver medal. Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Athlete Octane Cycling) fell from second to fourth following his 14th in the omnium at Tulsa, which was highlighted by a third-place finish at the June 6 criterium.  Bradley White (Holland, Mich./UnitedHealthcare) took 13th in the omnium at the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, which dropped him from third to fifth in the standings.
 
WOMEN

Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita Racing, Inc.) maintained the women’s top spot in the standings with a third-place effort in the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough omnium, finishing second in the June 6 crit, third on June 7 and third on June 8. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) jumped from third to second thanks to her omnium win at Tulsa, which included respective third-, second- and first-place finishes at the June 6-8 criteriums. Third-ranked Tina Pic (Hailey, Idaho/Fearless Femme) took the omnium at the Air Force Association Cycling Classic following a two-day criterium sweep, while Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) dropped from second to fourth in the standings despite a third-place effort in the omnium at the Cycling Classic. Hannah Barnes (GBR/UnitedHealthcare) jumped into the top five with a second-place finish at Tulsa.
 
TEAM
 
Hannah Barnes and Coryn Rivera (l to r) celebrate as they cross the finish line.
UnitedHealthcare teammates Hannah Barnes and Coryn Rivera (l to r) celebrate as they cross the finish line. (photo by Danny Munson)

On a weekend that saw major shake-ups in the men’s and women’s individual standings, the team standings remained nearly unchanged. UnitedHealthcare maintained its dominance over the men’s standings, while Athlete Octane Cycling, the Astellas Cycling Team, Champion System-Stan's NoTubes and SmartStop Pro Cycling retained their respective spots in the men’s top five.
 
In the only change of the week, the UnitedHealthcare women’s team recaptured the standings lead from Colavita-Fine Cooking, who enjoyed the top spot for only one week. Colavita-Fine Cooking is now second, and TIBCO/To the Top, Pepper Palace Pro Cycling and Fearless Femme kept their places to round out the women’s top five.
 
Full Saint Francis Tulsa Tough results.
Full Air Force Association Cycling Classic results.
 
USA Cycling NCC standings
 
Men
1.  Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/UnitedHealthcare) - 334
2.  Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) - 292
3.  Isaac Howe (Winooski, Vt./Champion System-Stan's No Tubes) - 279
4.  Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Athlete Octane Cycling) - 261
5.  Bradley White (Holland, Mich./UnitedHealthcare) - 256
 
Women
1.  Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita Racing, Inc.) - 477
2.  Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) - 430
3.  Tina Pic (Hailey, Idaho/Fearless Femme) - 374
4.  Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) - 366
5.  Hannah Barnes (GBR/UnitedHealthcare) - 288
 
Men’s Team Standings
1.  UnitedHealthcare - 1546
2.  Athlete Octane Cycling - 458
3.  Astellas Cycling Team - 445
4.  Champion System-Stan's NoTubes - 417
5.  SmartStop Pro Cycling - 327
 
Women’s Team Standings
1.  UnitedHealthcare - 1034
2.  Colavita-Fine Cooking - 985
3.  TIBCO/To the Top - 738
4.  Pepper Palace Pro Cycling - 586
5.  Fearless Femme - 445
 
For complete standings, visit the National Criterium Calendar webpage.
 
The NCC will continue with Tour of America’s Dairyland in Wisconsin, June 21-22.

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