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USA Cycling NCC rankings tighten up

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Cycling News
Published:
June 05, 2012, 22:15 BST,
Updated:
June 05, 2012, 23:16 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Teammates Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) and Jake Keough happy with the top two spots for the day.

Teammates Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) and Jake Keough happy with the top two spots for the day.

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Criterium calendar continues with Tulsa Tough, Air Force Classic

The first edition of USA Cycling's National Criterium Calendar (NCC) has reached its midpoint, and with the Tour of Somerville, Base Camp International and Glencoe Grand Prix behind, the standings are tighter than ever for the elite men and women.

Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) held onto his overall lead in the men's rankings, but lost ground to Carlos Alzate Escobar (Team Exergy), who closed down 38 points and is now 86 points behind with his results in New Jersey.

Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop) moved into third after winning the Tour of Somerville and taking a 12th place in Glencoe. He trails Alzate by only eight points.

UnitedHealthcare leads the team standings by a large margin, but Jamis-Sutter Home overtook Team Exergy for second place.

On the women's side, Erica Allar (RideClean-PatentIt.com) continued her string of top results. While the Tour of Somerville and Base Camp races were men-only on the NCC, Allar's second place in the Glencoe Grand Prix to Laura van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) was enough to maintain a 146-point margin in the standings.

The NCC women's team standings remained the same with Team TIBCO-To the Top extending its lead over Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. Exergy Twenty12 is third.

The NCC continues this weekend with the three-race Saint Francis Tulsa Tough in Tulsa, Oklahoma and two-day Air Force Cycling Classic in Arlington, Virginia.

NCC rankings as of June 5, 2012

Men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) 358  pts
2 Carlos Alzate Escobar (Team Exergy) 272  
3 Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop) 264  
4 Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) 228  
5 Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis-Sutter Home) 182  
Women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Erica Allar (RideClean-PatentIt.com) 446  pts
2 Laura van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) 300  
3 Sarah Fader (Pepper Palace-Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC) 171  
4 Nicky Wangsgard (Primal-MapMyRider Women's Racing) 162  
5 Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 114  
6 Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO-To the Top 114  
Men's Team
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis 759  pts
2 Jamis-Sutter Home 443  
3 Team Exergy 427  
4 Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop 400  
5 Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder 369  
Women's Team
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Team TIBCO-To the Top 369  pts
2 Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 260  
3 Exergy Twenty12 198  
4 Vanderkitten-Focus 176  
5 Primal-MapMyRider Women's Racing 167  

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