Wilcoxson 18th in NRC standings

Jul 27, 2011 by

Central Oregon set the backdrop for the NRC fireworks last week at the Cascade Cycling Classic. ©Pat Malach/FILE PHOTO

As is often the case, the battles that took place over the mountains and rolling hills of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend last week shook up the overall standings of the USA Cycling National Race Calendar. Talent’s Jade Wilcoxson, guest riding on the Now & Novartis for MS team, relied on multiple top 10 stage finishes and 10th-place overall result at Cascade to climb to 18th in the women’s NRC standings.

Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) used three top-three finishes, including winning Thursday’s time trial, to top the general classification of the Cascade Cycling Classic and increase his lead in the men’s NRC standings. In the women’s series, Colavita-Forno d’Asolo rider Janel Holcomb’s overall win last week in Bend allowed her to regain her perch atop the women’s standings.

The 32nd Cascade Cycling Classic men's podium: (from left) best young rider and second overall Lachlan Morton, winner Francisco Mancebo and third overall Jeremy Vennell. ©Pat Malach

With seven events remaining for the men, Mancebo leads second-place rider Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) by 299 points. Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) overcame a 30-point deficit to tie Jonathan Cantwell (PureBlack Racing) for third place with 460 points, 63 points behind Keough. Christopher Baldwin (Bissell Pro Cycling) moved from 12th into fifth place with 397 points after placing sixth at the Cascade Cycling Classic.

In addition to winning Thursday’s time trial, Mancebo placed second in Wednesday’s 74-mile road race and third in Friday’s 84-mile road race. Lachlan Morton (Chipotle Development Team) placed second in the general classification while Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling) finished third. Morton finished in the top five twice, including placing second in the final event, an 83-mile circuit race.

The top four of the men’s team NRC standings are unchanged. After placing two riders in the top five of the Cascade Cycling Classic general classification, Bissell has expanded its lead to 366 points over second-place UnitedHealthcare. Jamis-Sutter Home, which is 289 points behind UnitedHealthcare in third place, has a 318-point cushion on Team Exergy. Realcyclist.com overtook PureBlack Racing for fifth place and is only two points behind Team Exergy for fourth.

There are two events in the upcoming week on the men’s NRC. The Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium will take place in Charlotte, N.C., on July 30, and the Tour de Nez is the next day in Reno, Nev.

Women’s NRC leader Holcomb placed in the top 10 in four of the six events at the Cascade Cycling Classic, including second in Sunday’s 67-mile road race. Holcomb now holds a 134-point advantage over Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad), who sits in second place. Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO to the Top) is 83 points behind Neben and only 36 points ahead of Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12). Clara Hughes (Cycling B.C.) rounds out the top five only eight points behind Armstrong.

Women's Cascade overall podium: (from left) runner-up Anne Samplonius, winner Janel Holcomb and third overall Clara Hughes. ©Pat Malach

Holcomb opened the event finishing 16th in the two-mile individual time trial before placing ninth in the 74-mile road race. She was sixth in the 14-mile individual time trial spanning 14 miles before crossing in ninth place in the 71-mile stage race. After finishing 21st in the 23-mile criterium she rebounded to place second in the 67-mile road race to complete the event and secure her top spot in the general classification and women’s NRC standings.

Colavita-Forno d’Asolo also added to its lead in the women’s team NRC standings, holding a 859-point edge on Team TIBCO to the Top. HTC-Highroad Women is in third place, 712 points behind Team TIBCO to the Top. Diadora Pasta Zara is in fourth place, 104 points ahead of the fifth-place Primal-MapMyRider Women’s Racing, but 798 points behind HTC-Highroad Women. The women also have two events in the upcoming week as they will compete in the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium on July 30 in Charlotte, N.C., before contesting the Tour de Nez the next day in Reno, Nev.

NRC STANDINGS

Men
1. Francisco Mancebo (ESP/Realcyclist.com) —822
2. Jacobe Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling) — 523
3. Jonathan Cantwell (AUS/Team Fly V) — 460
3. Frank Pipp (Boulder, Colo./Bissell Professional Cycling) — 460
5. Christopher Baldwin (Boulder, Colo./Bissell Pro Cycling) — 397
*63. Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Trek-Livestrong) — 69
*88. Jacob Rathe (Portland, Ore./Chipotle Development Team) — 44

Men’s Team
1. Bissell Pro Cycling — 2,081
2. UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling — 1,715
3. Jamis-Sutter Home —1,426
4. Team Exergy — 1,108
5. Realcyclist.com — 1,106

Women
1. Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) —670
2. Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./HTC-Highroad Women) — 536
3. Erinne Willock (CAN/Team TIBCO-To the Top) — 453
4. Kristin Armstrong (Spokane, Wash./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) — 417
5. Clara Hughes (Boulder, Colo./Cycling BC) — 409
*18. Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Landshark/Flywheel) — 205
*81. Elizabeth Newell (Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care) — 34
*88. Ashley Koch (Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care) — 27
*160. Alice Pennington (Portland, Ore./Team S&M) — 2
*161. Hilary Billington (Portland, Ore./Now & Novartis for MS) — 2

Women’s Team
1. Colavita-Forno d’Asolo — 2,831
2. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 1,972
3. HTC-Highroad Women — 1,260
4. Diadora Pasta Zara — 462
5. Primal/MapMyRider Women’s Racing — 358

(via USA Cycling)