PRT Update: Winder keeps women's lead; Mannion takes over for men


The USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) completed a four-state slate of racing in the western U.S. to see a shakeup in the men’s individual standings. The women’s individual standings saw minor changes in the Top 5, with Ruth Winder continuing her dominance. In the team standings, Rally Cycling and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling gained points to secure top positions.
After a break for road national championships, the summer events for PRT headed to the west coast. The popular Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, was held on July 15 for men and women. This was followed by three stage races, the five-day Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore., the seven-day Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah across 10 host venues in Utah, and the inaugural Colorado Classic, held at multiple venues for women (two days) and for men (four days). All PRT points in this report reflect the women’s two-day Colorado Classic only.
Through the conclusion of the Tour of Utah, held July 31-Aug. 6, Gavin Mannion (Austin, Texas) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling jumped into the lead of the men’s individual standings. Since late June, Mannion doubled his points total with two second place finishes in the General Classification at the Cascade Cycling Classic and the Tour of Utah.
"I'm happy with the second half of my season. Utah was a really big goal for me and Cascade was perfect timing for me to test my form.. It's always nice to win, but I'm pleased with second at both,” said the 24-year-old Mannion, who went into the Colorado Classic as the PRT leader. “Utah was more suited to me with harder climbing and an uphill TT, but also had more depth in the field. Second overall at Tour of Utah is my best career result, so I'm very pleased with that. Utah is known as ‘America's Toughest Stage Race’, so to have that added to the PRT really adds more credibility and prestige to the race series."
"As far as my progression as a stage racer goes I think ‘slow n' steady’ sums it up. GC riders especially take a long time to mature. Every year I've just gotten a little bit better at time trailing and climbing (and probably worse at sprinting). That along with learning about my body and knowing how to target a race as well as deal with the pressure that goes along with performing at a goal event are all things I've focused on this year,” added Mannion. With solid results from his teammates, such as Daniel Eaton finishing third in Boise and fourth on G.C. at Cascade, the UHC Pro Cycling men’s team has jumped to second overall in the team standings.
Robin Carpenter (San Diego, Calif.) of Holowesko-Citadel presented by Hincapie Racing moved into second position in the men’s PRT individual standings. Having won the G.C. title at Joe Martin Stage Race in the spring, Carpenter added the G.C. win in July at the Cascade Cycling Classic. After securing two Top 10 finishes on individual stages at the Tour of Utah, Carpenter crashed on Stage 5 and did not finish the weeklong stage race.
Evan Huffman (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) of Rally Cycling and Serghei Tvetcov (Romania) of Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis are now tied for third place overall. Huffman took third on G.C. at Cascade Cycling Classic and Tvetcov took third on G.C. at Tour of Utah. The big move in the PRT men’s standings was made by Rally Cycling’s Rob Britton (Canada), who won the Individual Time Trial stage and G.C. at the Tour of Utah. He jumps from 11th to fifth in the standings. Taylor “T.J.” Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah) of Holowesko l Citadel presented by Hincapie Sportswear, who had led the PRT standings at the end of July, now sits in sixth overall.
Rally Cycling continues a dominate lead in team standings for men, with a 546-point margin over UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.
“This year for Rally Cycling has been the most successful in the program’s history,” said Team Director Patrick McCarty. “Our two World Tour victories coming at the men’s Tour of California was unprecedented for a Continental Team. Then, to both our men’s and women’s team taking USPRO and and Canadian National Titles, to the women recently winning the Women’s Colorado Classic and our men’s team dominating the Tour of Utah. We could not have had a better season for our two teams.”
On the women's side, 24-year-old Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif.) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling continued a dominate 364-point lead in the women’s individual standings, capping the summer with a fourth place on G.C. at the Colorado Classic. Her closest competitors are UHC teammates, Katherine Hall (Oakland, Calif.) in second place and Taylor Wiles (Fairfax, Calif.), in third position. Wiles scored a silver medal in Stage 2 of the Colorado Classic.
Lauren Stephens (Dallas, Texas) of Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank, who captured silver medals in the Pro Individual Time Trial and Pro Criterium National Championships, moved from third to fourth position in the women’s individual standings. Surging 19-year-old Emma White (Delanson, N.Y.) of Rally Cycling rounded out the Top 5, who was third on Stage 1 at the Colorado Classic.
Making the biggest move for the women was Sara Poidevin (Canada) of Rally Cycling. She moved more than 10 spots in the PRT standings to seventh position with the overall win at the Colorado Classic and a second place on G.C. at the Cascade Cycling Classic.
In the women’s team standings, UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling has a 727-point margin over second-place Rally Cycling.
PRT Next Stops
Three events remain for men and women before the conclusion of this year’s PRT calendar. The Rochester Twilight Criterium takes place Aug. 19 in New York. Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4, will feature the TSG Realty Gateway Cup in St. Louis, Mo. And the calendar concludes Sept. 10 for both men and women at the Thompson Criterium of Doylestown in Penn.
PRT STANDINGS (through Aug. 11)
Men's Individual Standings
1. Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthCare)   457 pts
2. Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel)  337 pts
3. Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling)  282 pts
3. Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) 282 pts
5. Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) 272 pts
Women's Individual Standings
1. Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthCare) 736 pts
2. Katharine Hall (UnitedHealthCare) 372 pts
3. Tayler Wiles (UnitedHealthCare) 353 pts
4. Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-SVB) 330 pts
5. Emma White (Rally Cycling) 261 pts
Men's Team Standings
1. Rally Cycling 1491 pts
2. Holowesko-Citadel    pb Hincapie Sportswear 925 pts
3. UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 945 pts
4. Cylance Cycling 396 pts
5. Axeon Hagens Berman 362 pts
Women's Team Standings
1. UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 1750 pts
2. Rally Cycling 1023 pts
3. Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank 916 pts
4. Sho-Air TWENTY20 583 pts
5. Hagens Berman - Supermint 424 pts

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