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Alzate, Rivera continue UnitedHealthcare dominance of NCC

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Hannah Barnes wins the Charlotte criterium ahead of Erica Allar

Hannah Barnes wins the Charlotte criterium ahead of Erica Allar
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The women's Charlotte podium: Erica Allar, Hannah Barnes and Coryn Rivera

The women's Charlotte podium: Erica Allar, Hannah Barnes and Coryn Rivera
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The men's Charlotte podium: Shane Kline, Carlos Alzate and Jure Kocjan

The men's Charlotte podium: Shane Kline, Carlos Alzate and Jure Kocjan
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Carlos Alzate gets the better of the SmartStop duo Shane Kline and Jure Kocjan

Carlos Alzate gets the better of the SmartStop duo Shane Kline and Jure Kocjan
(Image credit: Weldon Weaver)

The second and third rounds of the USA Cycling National Criterium calendar took place in North Carolina this weekend, and the UnitedHealthcare team continued its sweep of the races in both the men's and women's series.

Carlos Alzate and Coryn Rivera, winners of the opening round, the Sunny King Criterium, padded their leads in the NCC with Alzate taking back-to-back victories on the weekend, and Rivera racking up two podium performances behind teammates who won the races.

On Saturday at the Charlotte Criterium, it was British criterium champion Hannah Barnes who won by a clean pair of wheels over last year's NCC overall winner, Colavita's Erica Allar. Rivera was third. The following day in Belmont, Alison Powers completed the UnitedHealthcare sweep of the weekend over Rivera and Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom).

In the men's races, Alzate topped SmartStop's Shane Kline and Jure Kocjan in Charlotte and Dan Holloway in Belmont, with teammate Hilton Clarke coming in third.

The results give UnitedHealthcare a commanding lead in the men's team standings: they lead SmartStop with 403 points to 140, with Hincapie Devlo in third with 126. In the women's standings, Colavita is second with 251 points to UHC's 403, and TIBCO in third.

Alzate leads the individual standings with 250 points, 135 ahead of consistent performer Isaac Howe (Champion System-Stan's No Tubes), and last year's overall NCC winner Hilton Clarke.

Rivera has a 60 point lead over Allar, with Powers just ten points further back in third.

The NCC takes a break for the rest of the month, and resumes on May 4 with the Dana Point Grand Prix in California.

NCC standings after three races

Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carlos Alzate Escobar (UnitedHealthcare)250pts
2Isaac Howe (Champion System-Stans No Tubes)115
3Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare)112
4Alder Martz (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)99
5Frank Travieso (The 706 Project)96

Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare)205pts
2Erica Allar (Colavita Racing, Inc.)145
3Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare)135
4Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom)132
5Sarah Fader (Mellow Mushroom)74

Men's Team Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UnitedHealthcare403pts
2SmartStop Pro Cycling140
3Hincapie Sportswear Development126
4Champion System-Stan's No Tubes115
4Athlete Octane Cycling73

Women's Team Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UnitedHealthcare403pts
2Colavita-Fine Cooking251
3TIBCO/To the Top141
4Garneau Factory Team84
5Pepper Palace Pro Cycling81