Toona tightens men's and women's NRC standings

Pipp moves to third while Bissell overtakes UHC

With nine events remaining on USA cycling’s NRC, the overall rankings have become tighter than ever. The biggest mover was Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) who jumped from seventh to third place after a solid ride in the Tour de Toona.

Pipp finished sixth in the race but due to the non-participation of current NRC leader, Francisco Mancebo, the American was able to claw back much of the’s advantage. Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling) currently lying in second also closed on Mancebo after continuing his successful 2011 season with third place in the Glencoe Grand Prix at the end of June.

Mancebo’s team didn’t race the Tour de Toona and thus it unsurprising to see the Spaniards overall lead being diminished. Mancebo had a stellar start to the season, and has said publicly that he is aiming for some of the stage races in the second half of the American summer.

Bissell Pro Cycling assumed the lead in the men's team standings and now holds a 57-point edge on UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling. The two teams have been exchanging the lead all season and with plenty of races left, it’s still unclear which team will take top honours in 2011.

Women’s Standings

The women’s NRC standings are also closer than ever. Amber Neben's (HTC Highroad Women) lead over Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) has been reduced to a slender 54 points. Holcomb took top honours in the Tour de Toona to shave Neben’s margin by 108 points at the top. Canadian Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO to the Top) remains in third place a further 127 points behind Holcomb.

Colavita-Forno d'Asolo continued to build on their lead in the women's NRC team standings. Colavita currently lead by 776 points over second placed Team TIBCO to the Top.

Like the men, much of the movement in the women’s standings comes from a number of higher profile riders being otherwise engaged in bigger races taking place in Europe. The HTC-Highroad Women’s team sent a strong team to the Giro Donne, and thus fell in the standings.

Men's individual standings Top 25
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Realcyclist.com575 pts
2Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare523 
3Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team385 
4Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia360 
5Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Jamis/Sutter Home354 
6Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealt344 
7Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare343 
8Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare313 
9Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Team p/b Kenda312 
10Andres Diaz Corales (Col) Team Exergy311 
11Carlos Alzate Escobar (Col) Team Exergy305 
12Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team305 
13Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team247 
14Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare228 
15Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis/Sutter Home221 
16Ken Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly Team p/b Kenda205 
17Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis/Sutter Home202 
18Michael Northey (NZl) PureBlack Racing199 
19Eric Young (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team182 
20Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis/Sutter Home176 
21Cesar Grajales (Col) Realcyclist.com166 
22Scott Lyttle (NZl) PureBlack Racing165 
23Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team162 
24Matt Cooke (USA) Team Exergy161 
25Lachlan Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team157 
Women's Individual Standings Top 25
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amber Neben (USA) HTC - Highroad Women536 pts
2Janel Holcomb (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo482 
3Erinne Willock (Can) Team TIBCO/To the Top355 
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo325 
5Kristin Armstrong Savola (USA)315 
6Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC - Highroad Women306 
7Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo300 
8Joelle Numainville (Can) Team TIBCO/To the Top283 
9Laura Van Gilder (USA)281 
10Kathryn Donovan (USA)249 
11Clara Hughes (Can)244 
12Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) Rouse Bicycles' Elite Women's Team213 
13Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/To the Top207 
14Mara Abbott (USA) Diadora Pasta Zara201 
15Carmen Small (USA) Team TIBCO/To the Top192 
16Lex Albrecht (Can)189 
17Andrea Dvorak (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo183 
18Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo181 
19Anne Samplonius (USA)180 
20Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO/To the Top176 
21Jennifer Purcell (USA)161 
22Ally Stacher (USA) HTC - Highroad Women160 
23Jade Wilcoxson160 
24Lauren Hall (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo156 
25Kristin Sanders (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo153 
Men's Team Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bissell Pro Cycling Team1772 pts
3Jamis/Sutter Home1189 
4Team Exergy1018 
5PureBlack Racing809 
7Jelly Belly Team p/b Kenda767 
8Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth628 
9Chipotle Development Team487 
10Trek Livestrong U23 Team468 
11Team Type 1391 
12Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder282 
13SKLZ p/b Pista Place185 
14ELBOWZ Racing184 
15Team Rio Grande Racing, Inc174 
16Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop164 
17CashCall Mortgage117 
18California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized74 
19Chemstar p/b UnitedHealthcare Elite Cycling Team61 
20XO Communications / Battley H-D58 
21Hagens Berman Cycling50 
22Stan's NoTubes / AXA Equitable / CRCA47 
23Wonderful Pistachios47 
24Kelly Benefit Stratergies/Lateral Stress Velo41 
25Team Globalbike37 Elite Amateur Cycling Team31 
27Mercy Elite Cycling Team19 
28RideClean p/b PatentIt.com10 
29Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team5 
Women's Team Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Colavita/Forno d'Asolo2449 pts
2Team TIBCO/To the Top1673 
3HTC - Highroad Women1260 
4Diadora Pasta Zara462 
5Primal/MapMyRider Women's Racing332 
6Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized304 
7Rouse Bicycles' Elite Women's Team198 
8Team Kenda p/b Gear Grinder133 
9ABD Cycling Team36 
10Nova Cycle Ports Foundation, Inc.9 
11Webcor / Alto Velo3 

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