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Mancebo reclaims spot atop US NRC rankings


Standings for NRC shift after Battenkill
Two races last weekend caused big ripples in both the USA Cycling
National Race Calendar and the National Criterium Calendar standings.
Competitive Cyclist’s Francisco Mancebo, the 2011 NRC overall winner, reclaimed his spot atop the NRC rankings with a well-earned victory at Sunday’s Tour of the Battenkill, the second race of the series. The day before in North Carolina, UnitedHealthcare’s Hilton Clarke added to his NCC lead at the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium, while Primal-Map My Ride’s Nicky Wangsgard took the women’s lead with her first NCC win.

Mancebo survives brutal Battenkill for NRC lead

Mancebo’s win at Battenkill, where well over half the field did not finish, boosted him
to a nine-point advantage over previous leader Phil Gaimon (Kenda/5-Hour Energy),
who won the series-opening Redlands Bicycle Classic but suffered a mechanical
in the closing kilometers Sunday and was the last rider to finish.
Bissell Pro Cycling’s Paddy Bevin did not race Sunday but is third overall based
on the strength of his three stage wins and second-place GC finish at Redlands.
Mancebo was third in the NRC standings before Sunday’s race.
In the team competiton, Bevin’s Bissell squad, which won this compeition last year,
moved into first place with 390 points after placing riders in third and seventh Sunday.
Optum-Kelly Benenfit Strategies claimed the second and fourth spots at Battenkill
to move into second overall with 358 points, while previous leader
Kenda/5-Hour Energy slipped to third, just three points behind Optum.
The NRC women did not race at Battenkill, and the standings remain unchanged.
Redlands winner Megan Guarnier (Tibco-To the Top), who recently placed third
at Ronde van Gelderland in the Netherlands, continues to lead
the individual competition by 76 points over Optum’s Joelle Numainville.
Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS) is third with 155 points.
TIBCO also leads the team competition with 296 points, while Optum is in second
at 161. NOW and Novartis for MS is third with 213 points.

USA Cycling NRC Standings - Men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result

1 Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist) (Giordana, Pinarello, DMT) 226 pts
2 Phillip Gaimon (Kenda/5-Hour Energy) 217 pts
3 Patrick Bevin (Bissell Pro Cyclingg)  (Giordana, Pinarello, DMT) 195 pts
4 Michael Friedman (Team Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) 145pts
5 Alexander Candelario (Team Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) 108 pts

USA Cycling NRC Standings - Men’s Team Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result

1 Bissell Pro Cycling Team (Giordana, Pinarello, DMT) 390 pts
2 Team Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies 358 pts
3 Kenda/5-Hour Energy 355 pts
4 Competitive Cyclist (Giordana, Pinarello, DMT) 276 pts
5 California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 159 pts