Clarke, UnitedHealthcare top first NCC standings

US Pro Continental team won opening round in Tampa

The inaugural USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) kicked off on Saturday at the Cigar City Brewing Criterium in Tampa, Florida, the first of 19 events in the series.

With his victory Saturday evening in Tampa, Australia's Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) claimed the top spot in the NCC men's standings with 60 points while Luis Alberto Romero Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) trails by 24 points in second place. The third-placed rider, Kyle Wamsley (Jamis-Sutter Home), is only six points behind Amaran and just three points ahead of fourth-place rider Luca Damiani (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder). Alexey Schmidt (Team Type 1 Devo) rounds out the top five with 24 points.

Clarke's win boosted UnitedHealthcare to the top spot of the NCC men's team standings with 78 points. Powered by the second and third-place riders, Jamis-Sutter Home holds second place with 66 points, 24 points ahead of Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder. Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop has a two-point cushion on Team Type 1 for fourth place.

The NCC continues on April 14 with the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium as the women join the fray in Charlotte, North Carolina, before continuing the following week with the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Alabama.

National Criterium Calendar - Individual standings
1Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)60pts
2Luis Romero Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home)36 
3Kyle Wamsley (Jamis-Sutter Home)30 
4Luca Damiani (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder)27 
5Alexey Shmidt (Team Type 1 Development)24 
6Joshua Thorton (Zmotion Racing Team)21 
7Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop)18 
8Isaac Howe (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder)15 
9Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)12 
10Yosvany Falcon (Wonderful Pistachios)11 
11Emile Abraham (Rossetti Devo Cycling Team)10 
12Luis Zayas (EBP Racing Team)9 
13Shane Kline (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop)8 
14Demis Aleman (Jamis-Sutter Home)7 
15Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)6 
National Criterium Calendar - Team standings
1UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team78pts
2Jamis-Sutter Home66 
3Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder42 
4Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop26 
5Team Type 1 Development24 
6Wonderful Pistachios11 

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