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Shake-up in NRC rankings after Cascade Classic

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 27, 2011, 4:20 BST,
Updated:
July 27, 2011, 5:39 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Race:
Cascade Classic Stage Race
Best Young rider and second overall Lachlan Morton, overall winner Francisco Mancebo, and third overall Jeremy Vennell.

Best Young rider and second overall Lachlan Morton, overall winner Francisco Mancebo, and third overall Jeremy Vennell.

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Holcomb moves into top spot, as Mancebo consolidates lead

The Cascade Cycling Classic concluded on July 24 and there were some big changes in the National Racing Calendar (NRC) standings. Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) finally regained her lead after losing it to Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad) earlier in the year. Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) built on his already commanding lead in the standings but there were some big changes in the top 10.

Men's Standings

Mancebo's return to racing for the Cascade Cycling Classic was a successful one. The Spaniard won the time trial on stage two and finished in the top-three on two other occasions to take a convincing overall victory. The win increased the RealCyclist.com rider's buffer at the top to 299 points.

Chris Baldwin (Bissell) moved from 12th to 5th place after his own impressive performance in the Cascade Classic. Teammate Frank Pipp did enough to close his deficit to Jonathan Cantwell (V-Australia) and the two are now tied in third overall in the standings. Australian Lachlan Morton (Chipotle Development) also jumped up the standings courtesy of his second overall in the race.

In the team standings, Bissell have extended their lead largely thanks to the non-attendance of UnitedHealthcare. Bissell's lead now stands at 366 points.

Women's Standings

Holcomb's impressive overall victory in the Cascade women's race has put her back in control of the Women's NRC standings. The Colavita-Forno d'Asolo rider didn't win a stage but rode a consistent race in Oregon to take maximum points. Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad) remains in second place overall despite having missed a number of NRC races due to her focus on her European schedule.

Colavita-Forno d'Asolo extended their lead courtesy of Holcomb's win and like Bissell look unlikely to be beaten in the team's standings.

Men's Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Realcyclist.com 822  pts
2 Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare 523  
3 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) 460  
4 K Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team 460  
5 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team 397  
6 Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealt 383  
7 Carlos Alzate Escobar (Col) Team Exergy 360  
8 Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Jamis/Sutter Home 354  
9 Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare 343  
10 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis/Sutter Home 319  
11 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare 313  
12 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Team p/b Kenda 312  
13 Andres Diaz Corales (Col) Team Exergy 311  
14 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team 297  
15 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team 273  
16 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team 247  
17 Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare 228  
18 Cesar Grajales (Col) Realcyclist.com 224  
19 Ken Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly Team p/b Kenda 205  
20 Michael Northey (NZl) PureBlack Racing 204  
21 Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis/Sutter Home 202  
22 Matt Cooke (USA) 196  
23 Ben Kersten (USA) Team Exergy 190  
24 Eric Young (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team 182  
25 Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis/Sutter Home 182  
Women's Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Janel Holcomb (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo 670  pts
2 Amber Neben (USA) HTC - Highroad Women 536  
3 Erinne Willock (Can) Team TIBCO/To the Top 453  
4 Kristin Armstrong Savola (USA) 417  
5 Clara Hughes (USA) 409  
6 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo 348  
7 Anne Samplonius (USA) 335  
8 Joelle Numainville (Can) Team TIBCO/To the Top 310  
9 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC - Highroad Women 306  
10 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo 300  
11 Laura Van Gilder (USA) 281  
12 Kathryn Donovan (USA) 259  
13 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo 232  
14 Carmen Small (USA) Team TIBCO/To the Top 230  
15 Tara Whitten (Can) Team TIBCO/To the Top 214  
16 Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) Rouse Bicycles' Elite Women's Team 213  
17 Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/To the Top 207  
18 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) 205  
19 Mara Abbott (USA) Diadora Pasta Zara 201  
20 Kristin McGrath (USA) 197  
21 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo 196  
22 Lex Albrecht (USA) 189  
23 Lauren Hall (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo 181  
24 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo 181  
25 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO/To the Top 176  
Men's Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Bissell Pro Cycling    
Women's Team Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Colavita/Forno d'Asolo    

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