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USA Cycling NRC Series Update – Three Canadian Women in Top-5

June 10, 2008 – The women’s pro race at the Commerce Bank Liberty Classic marked the 18th event on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar on June 8. The 1.1-rated UCI women’s event saw Chantal Beltman (NED) out sprint the all-star women’s field to the line on Sunday in downtown Philadelphia.

With 12 men’s races and 16 women’s events on the 2008 NRC now complete, Rory Sutherland (AUS) continues to hold a commanding lead in the overall individual standings on the men’s side while Leah Goldstein (CAN) is the current women’s leader. The teams currently atop the standings include the Health Net Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis in the men’s rankings and the Cheerwine Professional Cycling Team in the women’s.

During the Tour du Grand Montreal John Symon spoke with Felicia Gomez (Aaron’s) at the Stage 2 ITT in Grandby and asked her about the recent NRC Women’s individual standings where Gomez is second to fellow Canuck Leah Goldstein (Valueact Capitol) in individual points. “I was surprised to hear that I was doing so well in the NRC point standings,” exclaimed Gomez. “I mean I missed Redlands and was away in Europe.” Gomez at one point had the best posted time in the ITT in Grandby, but this fell as the day wore on. “I don’t like short crits and am more of a climber,” she explained. Gomez, originally from Fredericton NB, now lives in Fresno CA.

Also on hand was her team mate, Julie Beveridge who is sitting at fifth spot in the individual NRC standings. “That news has not sunk in yet,” she laughed. “I’m only 19 and this is my first year racing pro. I’m the new “˜team baby’ this year.” Beveridge finished an impressive 22nd at the Montreal Women’s Road World Cup race despite getting caught in a crash there. “I wasn’t hurt, but I ran over my team mate, Alison Testroede,” she confessed. Beveridge hails from Calgary AB.

The latest version of the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar standings is as follows:

Men’s Individual Standings
1. Rory Sutherland (AUS/Health Net-Maxxis) 976
2. Ted King (Brentwood, N.H./Bissell) 407
3. Darren Lill (GBR/BMC) 350
4. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Watsonville, Calif./Bissell) 338
5. Sebastian Haedo (ARG/Colavita-Sutter Home) 321

Men’s Team Standings
1. Health Net Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis 1806
2. Colavita/Sutter Home Men’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light 1361
3. Bissell Pro Cycling Team 1214
4. Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 1122
5. Successfulliving.com presented by Parkpre 840

Women’s Individual Standings
1. Leah Goldstein (CAN/Valueact Capitol) 596
2. Felicia Gomez (CAN/Aaron’s ) 576

3. Tina Pic (Dahlonega, Ga./Colavita-Sutter Home) 568
4. Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./High Road) 555
5. Julie Beveridge (CAN/Aaron’s ) 547

Women’s Team Standings
1. Cheerwine Professional Cycling Team 2441
2. Aaron’s Cycling Team 1665
3. Colavita/Sutter Home Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light 1490
4. Team Tibco 1244
5. Valuact Capitol Cycling Team 905

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