NCC: New men's leader as women's standings tighten
The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) rolled through its tenth event of the year, the Wilmington Grand Prix in Wilmington, Del. After the dust had settled on a spectacular day of racing on Saturday, there was a new leader in the NCC men's standings.Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare) finished second to Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) in the men's race in Delaware to regain the top spot of the NCC men's standings. Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/UnitedHealthcare), who placed seventh in the criterium, slipped into second place, 28 points behind Clarke. Shane Kline (Bally, Pa./Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis) finished third in the race and holds third place in the standings, 276 points behind Escobar and only 35 points ahead of the victorious Keough, who is in fourth place. Karl Menzies (AUS/UnitedHealthcare) rounds out the top five with 276 points, 129 points behind Keough.
The NCC women's standings are unchanged after the Wilmington Grand Prix. Erica Allar's (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING p/b Solomon Corp) lead has grown by six points to 313 over second-place Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers). With 375 points, Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy) has moved within 10 points of second place and 113 points clear of fourth-place Kimberley Wells (AUS/Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy). Jennifer Purcell (Austin, Texas/Colavita-Fine Cooking) sits in fifth place with 219 points, 43 points behind Wells.UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling continues to flex its muscles in the NCC men's team standings with 2,108 points. Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis is in second place with 1,075 points. The race for third is heating up between three teams. Jamis-Hagens Berman holds third place with 226 points, 17 points ahead of Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes and 20 points ahead of Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.
CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp's lead in the NCC women's team standings has grown to 354 points over Colavita-Fine Cooking with 11 races for women remaining on the calendar. Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies moved up one spot into third place with 397 points, overtaking the fourth-place Exergy TWENTY16. Team TIBCO-To the Top remains in fifth place with 259 points, 104 points out of fourth place.
Check out a photo gallery from the Wilmington Grand Prix.
USA Cycling NCC Standings:
Men's Team Standings
Women's Team Standings
For complete standings, visit the NCC's official webpage at usacycling.org/ncc.
The NCC continues with a men's race in New Jersey next week. On Monday, May 27, the men will compete in Middle Earth Tour of Somerville in Somerville, N.J.
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