Murphy takes back Cyclingnews’ Bell Lap criterium series lead

Athens Twilight winner and first Cyclingnews Bell Lap series leader John Murphy regained his lead in the overall classification thanks to solid performances in the Armed Forces Cycling Classic.

The Holowesko-Citadel rider was fourth in the Clarendon Cup behind Unitedhealthcare’s Eric Marcotte, but made the podium the next day in the Crystal Cup, coming a close second to Cory Williams (Elevate-KHS).

The result was enough to push Murphy back into the series lead, although he is tied on points with Sam Bassetti (Elevate-KHS), who won the opening race in Tulsa Tough. Third overall is Shane Kline (Smart Stop), winner of the Tour of Somerville.

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On the women’s side, Sam Schneider (IS Corp) extended her lead in the rankings with a victory on the Tulsa Tough opening day and a third place on Saturday. Schneider leads with 90 points over teammate Josie Talbot, who scored a second place on Friday and was just off the podium in both of the weekend’s races in Tulsa.

Erica Allar (Rally Cycling) remains in third, tied with Valentina Scandolara (Roxsolt Attaquer), winner of the River Parks Criterium in Tulsa.

The Cyclingnews Bell Lap point series highlights the most important, historic and challenging races on the criterium circuit from Athens Twilight to the finale in Atlantic City in September. Points are awarded to the top 10 men and women throughout the 19 races, and ties are decided on the number of first places, seconds, thirds and so on.

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