NCC: Standings leaders remain in tact after Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

  
  


(July 9, 2014) – The top spots in the men’s, women’s and teams USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) standings remained unchanged following the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, in Manhattan Beach, Calif., July 6.
 
MEN
 
The men's peloton makes its way through the streets of Manhattan Beach.
The men's peloton makes its way through the streets of Manhattan Beach. (photo by Philip Beckman)

Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) fortified his men’s standings lead with a second-place finish this week, upping his point total to 454. Isaac Howe (Winooski, Vt./Champion System-Stan's No Tubes) jumped from fourth to third thanks to a ninth-place effort at the criterium, boosting his point total to 363, while Kenneth Hanson (San Diego, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) moved into the top five with 347 points following his Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix win. Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Athlete Octane Cycling) held his second-place standing with 366 points despite not competing at the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, while Carlos Alzate Escobar’s (COL/UnitedHealthcare) absence from the event dropped him from third to fifth in the standings with 334 points.
 
WOMEN
 
Like the men’s standings, the women’s top two remained unchanged after the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, as Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita-Fine Cooking) held first with 687 points on the heels of her event win, while Tina Pic (Hailey, Idaho/Fearless Femme) remained in second with 521 points after placing second at the criterium. Laura Van Gilder’s (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) 11th-place finish maneuvered her from fourth to third with 447 points, swapping standings spots with Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare), whose 430 points remained unchanged after not competing at the event. Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./TIBCO/To the Top) overtook the fifth spot in the standings with 364 points following her fourth-place finish at the Chevron Manhattan Grand Prix.
 
TEAM
 
Erica Allar won the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix.
Erica Allar (left) won the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. (photo by Philip Beckman)

The men’s team standings stood firm following this week’s competition, as all but one team added to its point total. UnitedHealthcare continued its dominance in the standings with 1,994 points, boosted by the one-two finishes of teammates Hanson and Keough. Athlete Octane Cycling remained in second with 617 after not recording any points at the event. Justin Williams’ third-place finish helped Astellas Cycling Team to 575 points and third place, while Champion System–Stan’s NoTubes held fourth place with 544 points. Once again, SmartStop Pro Cycling rounded out the top five with 433 points.
 
Colavita-Fine Cooking remained atop the women’s team standings with 1274 points after Allar’s win, and TIBCO/To the Top overcame UnitedHealthcare with 1044 points for second place. UnitedHealthcare slipped to third with 1034 points after not recording any points this week. Pepper Palace Pro Cycling’s 712 points is fourth best in the standings, and Fearless Femme rounds out the women’s team top five with 600 points.
 
Full Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix results.
 
USA Cycling NCC standings
 
Men
1.  Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) - 454
2.  Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Athlete Octane Cycling) - 366
3.  Isaac Howe (Winooski, Vt./Champion System-Stan's No Tubes) - 363
4.  Kenneth Hanson (San Diego, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) - 347
5.  Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/UnitedHealthcare) - 334
 
Women
1.  Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita-Fine Cooking) - 687
2.  Tina Pic (Hailey, Idaho/Fearless Femme) - 521
3.  Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) - 447
4.  Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) - 430
5.  Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./TIBCO/To the Top) - 364
 
Men’s Team Standings
1.  UnitedHealthcare - 1994
2.  Athlete Octane Cycling - 617
3.  Astellas Cycling Team - 575
4.  Champion System-Stan's NoTubes - 544
5.  SmartStop Pro Cycling - 433
 
Women’s Team Standings
1. Colavita-Fine Cooking - 1274
2.  TIBCO/To the Top - 1044
3.  UnitedHealthcare - 1034
4.  Pepper Palace Pro Cycling - 712
5.  Fearless Femme - 600
 
For complete standings, visit the National Criterium Calendar webpage.
 
The NCC will continue with the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, on July 12.

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