Mancebo, Häusler lead USA Cycling National Racing Calendar

Series passes halfway point

Spaniard Francisco Mancebo and German Claudia Häusler lead the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar at the mid-point of the series.

Following her fourth place overall at the Nature Valley Grand Prix and her victory in the Joe Martin Stage Race, Häusler moved ahead of Redlands Classic winner Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS), leading 822 points to 730. Shelley Olds (TIBCO) moved up into third place thanks to her overall victory in the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

Mancebo (5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda) held onto a generous lead in the individual standings. With 674 points, he leads Chad Haga (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) by 254 points, despite skipping the Nature Valley Grand Prix. After winning at the opening event in Redlands, Mancebo finished on the podium in the Joe Martin Stage Race and Tour of the Gila, and placed seventh in the Philly Classic. Mancebo and his 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda team contested Canada's Tour de Beauce instead of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, which ran concurrently.

Third overall in the men's individual rankings is Juan Jose Haedo (Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home), who won all three of the criterium stages at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

Thanks to an overall victory by Mike Friedman in Minnesota, Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies took over the top team classification spot from 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda. Team Optum placed three riders in the top five of the general classification last week and has opened up a 538-point lead with two men's races remaining on the calendar, the Cascade Classic and Tour of Elk Grove.

Team TIBCO-To the Top extended its lead in the women's team standings, while Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies moved ahead of NOW and Novartis for MS in the rankings.

Brief NRC standings after Nature Valley Grand Prix (full standings)

Men's Individual Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Francisco Mancebo (5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda)674 pts
2Chad Haga (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)420 
3Juan Jose Haedo (Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home)336 
4Joseph Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)328 
4Tom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)328 
Women's Individual Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Claudia Häusler (Team TIBCO-To the Top)822 pts
2Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS)730 
3Shelley Olds (TIBCO-To the Top)688 
4Joelle Numainville (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)648 
5Mara Abbott (Exergy TWENTY16)490 
Men's Team Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1506 pts
25-Hour Energy p/b Kenda968 
3Jamis Hagens Berman966 
4UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling628 
5Hincapie Sportswear Development Team598 
Women's Team Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1TIBCO/ To the Top1918 pts
2Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1566 
2NOW and Novartis for MS1182 
4Exergy TWENTY16778 

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