September 23, 2005 — Scott Moninger of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis has won the individual NRC title for the 2005 season. At 38, the seemingly ageless wonder had one of his best seasons yet, winning the overall title of six stage races this season, including the first — San Dimas — and the last — Tour de “˜Toona — NRC stage races of the season. Moninger finished with 1,348 points, 50 points ahead of second place Mark McCormick (Colavita-Sutter Home), while four more of his teammates finished in the top eight individually:
-Chris Wherry, 3rd, 1,285
-Gord Fraser, 4th, 1,107
-Greg Henderson, 7th, 925
-John Lieswyn, 8th, 883
In addition, Tyler Farrar came in at a strong 12th place after racing only part of the season in the U.S., helped by his win of the USPRO Criterium Championship in August. Also, Ivan Dominguez finished in the 20th spot, and Justin England 22nd.
Second consecutive NRC Team title
This season, USA Cycling calculated team standings based on the points accumulated by the team’s top five riders. And with five riders in the top eight individually, the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis also took its second consecutive team competition crown. The team’s top five riders amassed 5,528 points, putting it comfortably ahead of second-place Colavita-Sutter Home (3,313).
The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis consistently dominated the NRC series in 2005, winning the overall title of eight of the nine stage races it entered as a team. The only exception was the Dodge Tour de Georgia, for which the overall title wasn’t a team goal.
The team also scored an unprecedented hat trick of the Wachovia Week races, with Henderson, Fraser and Wherry victorious in Lancaster, Trenton and the USPRO Championship in Philadelphia, respectively.
Lieswyn nearly capped the season — and his long, distinguished career — with a win at the Barclay’s Global Investors Grand Prix San Francisco, finishing a close second to young German Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner).