May 2, 2011

Mancebo, Hughes top NRC standings after Tour of the Gila and Dana Point Grand Prix

The Tour of the Gila and The Dana Point Grand Prix highlighted a busy week on USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar (NRC).

In the final general classification, Francisco Mancebo (Watkinsville, Ga./ won by slightly more than three minutes over Dale Parker (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong). Parker crossed the finish line just two seconds ahead of Lachlan Morton (Littleton, Colo./Chipotle Development Team). Alex Howes (Boulder, Colo./Chipotle Development Team) edged Matt Cooke (Boulder, Colo./Team Exergy) by one second for fourth place.

Mancebo topped the Mogollon ascent first to capture the first stage and didn't look back. In addition to the first stage, Mancebo won the fifth stage, placed third in the second and third stages and sixth in the fourth stage for the overall win. On top of his overall win, Mancebo earned the King of the Mountain distinction.

On the women's general classification, Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling) finished nearly three minutes before Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Diadora Pasta Zara) in the general classification. Kathryn Donovan (Oxnard, Calif./Missing Link Coaching Systems), Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) and Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) rounded out the top five finishers.

Hughes won the third and fourth stages and did not finish below seventh in any of the five stages to secure the top spot in the general classification. She was dominant in the third stage — the time trial — topping her closest competition by almost two minutes.

Elsewhere in the NRC, Charles Huff (Springfield, Mo./Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) edged Rahsaan Bahati (Los Angeles, Calif./SKLZ p/b Pista Place) by one second to win the Dana Point Grand Prix in Dana Point, Calif., on Sunday.

Ben Kersten (Boulder, Colo.) and Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson (Los Angeles, Calif./Sho-Air-Rock n' Road) finished together behind Bahati. Kayle Leo Grande (Upland, Calif./Monster Media Racing SCVELO) placed fifth in the Dana Point Grand Prix results.

Additionally, the USA Crits Speed Week is underway in Georgia and South Carolina. The results will be tallied as an omnium and factored into next week's standings.

Luca Damiani (Macedonia, Ohio/Kenda-5-Hour Energy Pro Cycling p/b Geargrinder) and Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) won the Terrapin Twilight Criterium in Athens, Ga.

View the full USA Crits Speed Week schedule here.

In the 2011 USA Cycling NRC Men's Individual Standings, Francisco Mancebo (Watkinsville, Ga./ holds a significant lead over Christopher Baldwin (Boulder, Colo./Bissell Pro Cycling). Benjamin Jacques-Maynes is five points behind Baldwin and eight points ahead of fourth-place Lachlan Morton (Littleton, Colo./Chipotle Development). Dale Parker (Boulder, Colo./Trek Livestrong) rounds out the top five. holds a commanding 230-point lead in the 2011 USA Cycling NRC Men's Team Standings over Bissell Pro Cycling Team. Trek Livestrong is in third place, trailing Bissell by 11 points. Chipotle Development has a 103-point advantage for fourth place over Team Exergy.

In the 2011 USA Cycling NRC Women's Individual Standings, Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling) holds a 27-point lead over Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./HTC-Highroad Women). Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Diadora Pasta Zara) is in third place with an eight-point lead over Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) and an 18-point lead over Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Colavita-Forno d'Asolo).

Colavita-Forno d'Asolo holds a bulky 269-point lead over Team TIBCO-To The Top on the 2011 USA Cycling NRC Women's Team Standings. HTC-Highroad trails Team TIBCO-To the Top by eight points. Diadora Pasta Zara has a 10-point cushion on Primal-MapMyRiders Women's Racing for fourth place.

NRC standings


1. Francisco Mancebo (Watkinsville, Ga./ — 487
2. Christopher Baldwin (Boulder, Colo./Juwi Solar-First Solar) — 170
3. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (Watsonville, Calif./Bissell Pro Cycling Team) — 165
4. Morton Lachlan (Littleton, Colo/Chipotle Development) - 157
5. Dale Parker (Boulder, Colo./Trek Livestrong U23) - 150

Men's Team
1. —621
2. Bissell Pro Cycling Team —391
3. Trek Livestrong - 380
4. Chipotle Development Team —372
5. Team Exergy —269

1. Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling) - 244
2. Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./HTC-Highroad Women) — 217
3. Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Diadora Pasta Zara) - 201
4. Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) — 193
5. Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) - 183

Women's Team
1. Colavita-Forno d'Asolo —658
2. Team TIBCO-To the Top —389
3. HTC-Highroad — 381
4. Diadora Pasta Zara - 176
5. Primal/MapMyRider Women's Racing - 166

* - Note standings reflect completed events, as such results of the USA Crits Speed Week are not included in these overall standings.


For complete standings, visit the NRC page of USA Cycling's website.

Coming Up:
USA Cycling's 2011 National Racing Calendar continues with the Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley, beginning Thursday, May 5-8, in Fayetteville, Ark.


Francisco Mancebo won the Tour of the Gila and extended his lead in USA Cycling's NRC Standings. (Photo by Mitchell Clinton)

The Colavita-Forno d'Asolo celebrate on the podium at the Tour of the Gila. (Photo by Casey B. Gibson)

The riders collect at the starting line for the 2011 Dana Point Grand Prix. (Photo courtesy of David Simard)

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