NRC: Wilcoxson wins Tour of Elk Grove as women's NRC concludes

  
  


Jade Wilcoxson won the Tour of Elk Grove overall classification.
Jade Wilcoxson won the Tour of Elk Grove overall classification.

In the final women's event on the 2012 National Racing Calendar, Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) took two out of three stages at the Tour of Elk Grove in Elk Grove, Ill., to secure the overall win. For Wilcoxson's Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team, it was a fitting way to cap the NRC season as the top women's team.

Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./NOW and Novartis for MS), who finished second overall to Wilcoxson by 10 seconds, won the stage 1 time trial. Wilcoxson then bested the field in the following day's criterium before capping it off with a victory in Sunday's circuit race.

Powers finished the NRC season ranked second in the final standings behind Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), who clinched the top spot following the Cascade Classic Stage Race in July. Wilcoxson claims the third spot, just 13 points behind Powers. Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top) and Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) round out the top five NRC women's individual rankings in fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the men's Tour of Elk Grove, which was not on the National Racing Calendar due to its UCI 2.1 ranking, the general classification was won by Francois Parisean (CAN/Team SpiderTech powered by C10) by just a single second over John Murphy (Asheville, N.C./ Kenda/5-Hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by GearGrinder).

Full results from the Tour of Elk Grove

Women's NRC Team Standings

After claiming first in the women's team standings following the Joe Martin Stage Race in April, Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies never looked back. They topped second-place Exergy Twenty12 by more than 1,000 points in the final standings. Team TIBCO-To the Top finished third, just 108 points behind the Exergy Twenty12 women.

 

USA Cycling NRC Standings:

Women
1. Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) — 1,010
2. Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./NOW and Novartis for MS) — 862
3. Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) — 849
4. Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top) — 602
5. Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) — 533

Women's Team
1. Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies — 2,751
2. Exergy Twenty12 — 1,539
3. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 1,431
4. NOW and Novartis for MS — 1,295
5. FCS/Rouse p/b Mr Restore — 467

Men
1. Francisco Mancebo (ESP/Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) — 918
2. Rory Sutherland (AUS/UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) — 445
3. Tom Zirbel (Boulder, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) — 442
4. Chad Beyer (Tucson, Ariz./Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) — 404
5. Phillip Gaimon (Ellicott City, Md./Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder) — 381

Men's Team
1. Competitive Cyclist Racing Team —1,716
2. Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies — 1,440
3. Bissell Cycling — 1,244
4. Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder — 1,202
5. Bontrager Livestrong Team — 938

 

For complete standings, visit usacycling.org/nrc.

Due to a lack of funds, the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge had to be reduced from a three-day race to a single-day criterium. Unfortunately, that meant removal from the NRC, leaving the Tour of Elk Grove as the final women's competition for 2012. The men's National Racing Calendar concludes with the Thompson Bucks County Classic, September 15-16 in Pennsylvania.

Photo caption: Jade Wilcoxson wins stage 2 on her way to winning the Tour of Elk Grove general classification.
Credit: Jared Powell/Tour of Elk Grove



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