NRC: TIBCO, Stephens move to the top of the standings after Joe Martin Stage Race
Results from the Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley in Fayetteville, Ark., led to some new leaders and new names in the top five of the 2014 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) standings. After winning the general classification, Lauren Stephens (Dallas, Texas) and her Team Tibco/To the Top squad now lead their respective rankings.
Stephens used three stage wins to propel her to the overall victory and the top spot in the women’s individual NRC standings, rising up from fifth place before the Joe Martin Stage Race began. Her teammate Patricia Schwager (Switzerland) won the other stage to help move Team TIBCO/To the Top from fourth to first in the women’s team standings.
Fifth-ranked Jessica Cutler (Seattle, Wash./ FCS│Zngine p/b Mr. Restore), who placed fourth overall in Arkansas, is the only new rider to break into the women’s individual top five. Meanwhile, Colavita-Fine Cooking jumps into fourth in the women’s team standings, just 36 points behind second-place Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies and 30 points behind UnitedHealthcare.
After winning the opening stage time trial, Ian Crane (Seattle, Wash./Jamis-Hagens Berman) held on to win the men’s overall classification at the Joe Martin Stage Race. The victory jumped him up to second in the men’s individual NRC standings behind stage 3 winner Travis McCabe (Tucson, Ariz./SmartStop Pro Cycling). Juan Jose Haedo (ARG/Jamis-Hagens Berman) won Friday’s stage 2 and Brad Huff (Springfield, Mo./ Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) won stage 4 on Sunday.
Taking the third spot in the NRC standings behind Crane is Ryan Roth (CAN/Jet Fuel Coffee-Norco Bicycles), who placed second overall in Arkansas. Also joining the top five in fifth is Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (Corralitos, Calif./Jamis-Hagens Berman) after coming in third overall.
McCabe’s win helped SmartStop Pro Cycling win the team GC at Joe Martin and close the gap in the men’s team standings to just 16 points behind Hincapie Sportswear Development Team. Jamis-Hagens Berman moves up to fourth place, 38 points behind Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda rounds out the top five.
The NRC returns to action tomorrow in New Mexico for Silver City’s Tour of the Gila Powered by SRAM, which runs April 30 to May 4. The men’s race holds a UCI classification of 2.2.
USA Cycling NRC Standings
Men's Individual Standings
1. Travis McCabe (Tucson, Ariz./SmartStop Pro Cycling) – 484 points
2. Ian Crane (Seattle, Wash./Jamis-Hagens Berman) – 260
3. Ryan Roth (CAN/Jet Fuel Coffee-Norco Bicycles) – 240
4. Joseph Rosskopf (Athens, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development) – 230
5. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (Corralitos, Calif./Jamis-Hagens Berman) – 204
Women's Individual Standings
1. Lauren Stephens (Dallas, Texas/Team Tibco/To the Top) – 444 points
2. Tayler Wiles (Fairfax, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) – 240 points
3. Leah Kirchmann (CAN/Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) – 234
4. Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./UnitedHealthcare) – 214
5. Jessica Cutler (Seattle, Wash./ FCS│Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) – 210
Men's Team Standings
1. Hincapie Sportswear Development Team – 730 points
2. SmartStop Pro Cycling – 714
3. Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies – 596
4. Jamis-Hagens Berman – 558
5. 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda – 434
Women's Team Standings
1. Team TIBCO/To the Top – 822 points
2. Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies – 508
3. UnitedHealthcare – 502
4. Colavita-Fine Cooking – 472
5. FCS│Zngine p/b Mr. Restore – 424
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