Powers prevails on Gran Prix of Gloucester opening day

Johnson, Driscoll round out top-three at New England Worlds

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) spent nearly the entire race chasing the leaders after a poor start, but in the end proved he was the best in the 80-man field at the Gran Prix of Gloucester's opening day. Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) was the only person that could go with the decisive move by Powers and he finished six seconds back to take second place.

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement) had one of his best races in years. He took the hole-shot and then led through the first two laps. He was the aggressor today and can be credited for putting Powers onto the ropes. At the end he had to settle for third place, however, 24 seconds back. Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) also looked strong today. He made the lead group early and then led a lap mid-race. He rolled across the line just behind his teammate Driscoll to claim fourth place.

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) looked fast early, but ultimately seemed to have trouble holding the pace of the leaders. He finished in fifth place, 50 seconds back. Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) raced to win today, but ultimately had to watch the leaders ride away. He finished sixth.

The course at Gloucester was a bit less technical than in past years. Due to negotiations with the town, a difficult run-up was eliminated, as was a beach crossing and a sand pit on the lower field. Organizers attempted to keep the course difficult by placing three sets of steps at various points. Still, it appeared that the course was faster than ever and might favor road racers in the field. Due to dry conditions, dust was a factor for racers caught in the back of the pack.

Powers talked about his difficult victory. "I have a lot going on right now and had a slow start. I didn't have my legs under me right at the beginning. I felt like they were starting to come around three quarters of the way into the race. Everybody had made moves and I was just trying to find my pace. I didn't feel comfortable today."

Powers added, "Again, I have been trying to come in slower (this season) so it's harder to win when you haven't been doing as much training. That's what left me out the back at the beginning of today."

Tim Johnson took his second place finish in stride, commenting, "If there's one place that second place is kind of OK, it's probably this place." He went on to explain the race tactics, "Jeremy caught up to us with three to go, maybe. He was obviously going faster than we were. I just knew that when he went I had to be ready to go with him or I would be in trouble."

Powers and Johnson, both Massachusetts residents, have battled each other on the Gloucester course many times. Powers remarked, "I thought that it was crazy that Tim and I are here again doing this thing. I just took it in for a second because it's not going to happen forever. It was pretty neat for sure."

Yannick Eckmann (California Giant Berries/ Specialized) won the U23 race in convincing fashion. He rode with the leaders early in the contest and finished seventh overall.

The Elite Men will meet again on Sunday for day two of the Gran Prix of Gloucester. Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for all the action.

Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus0:58:48 
2Tim Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:06 
3James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:00:24 
4Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:00:25 
5Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:50 
6Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:03 
7Yannick Eckmann (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized  
8Stephen Hyde (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:01:04 
9Justin Lindine (USA) Redline-NBX0:01:18 
10Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Muller Landscape-BH Bikes0:01:29 
11Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team0:02:03 
12Craig Richey (Can) VOmax-SponsorConnected.com0:02:04 
13Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
14Jeremy Martin (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team0:02:05 
15Christian Favata (USA) TRT Bicycles p/b Stan's NoTubes  
16Anthony Clark (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:02:09 
17Derrick St. John (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery0:02:30 
18Evan McNeely (Can) Norco Factory Team0:02:34 
19Curtis White (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:02:36 
20Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:02:43 
21Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:02:47 
22Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:51 
23Edwin Bull (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team  
24Adam Myerson (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis0:03:03 
25Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel0:03:57 
26Adam St. Germain (USA) ENGVT-Specialized0:03:59 
27Jerome Townsend (USA) BikeReg.com-Joe's Garage0:04:00 
28Thomas Sampson (USA) Adigga Racing  
29Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart  
30Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro CX Team  
31Cameron Dodge (USA) Team Skyline-Scott Bikes0:04:05 
32Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:04:43 
33Brendan Rhim (USA) KMS-Start House Cycling Team0:04:48 
34Daniel Chabanov (USA) House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM0:04:54 
35Sam O'Keefe (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.  
36Charles Schubert (USA) GPM Sport0:04:56 
37Andrew l'Esperance (Can) Norco Factory Team0:05:06 
38Conor O'Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery0:05:08 
39Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Canada0:05:26 
40Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R Block0:05:34 
41Michael Wissell (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C20:05:40 
42Leandre Bouchard (Can) Cyclone d'Alma-Devinci0:06:02 
43Jesse Keough (USA) Keough Cyclocross0:06:15 
44Manny Goguen (USA) RACE CF0:06:23 
45Christopher Hamlin (USA) Bicycle Express-Kona Bikes0:06:24 
46Matt Timmerman (USA) Cannondale  
47Evan Huff (USA) Crossresults.com0:06:34 
48Adam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation-Gaulzetti Cicli0:07:02 
49Aroussen Laflamme (Can) Xprezo-Borsao0:07:03 
50Aaron Oakes (USA) NYCross-Vomax0:07:04 
51Ian Schon (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C20:07:09 
52Sean Pantellere (USA) STAMPEDE! p/b Budd Bike Works0:07:14 
53Cary Fridrich (USA) Mad Alchemy-Verge Rider Cooperative -1lap 
54Brendan McCormack (USA) Clif Bar-Pactimo  
55Matthew Means (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.  
56Colin Reuter (USA) crossresults.com  
57Chris Field (USA) Essex County Velo  
58Devin Wagner (USA) NYCross.com p/b Vomax  
59Andrew Lysaght (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C2  
60Kurt Belhumeur (USA) Stampede!  
61Jesse Quagliaroli (USA) Expowheelmen  
62Tyler Berliner (USA) BikeReg.com-Joe's Garage -2laps 
63Alexandre Vialle (Can) Espresso Sport  
64John Burns (USA) Burns Racing  
65Cameron McCormack (USA) Clif Bar-Pactimo  
66Joseph Near (USA) Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
67Jacob Harris (USA) Createx-Benidorm  
68David Devine (USA) Cannondale  
69Joseph O'Brien-Applegate (USA) Bicycle Roots Bike Shop -4laps 
DNFAndrew Louiza (USA) RMRC  
DNFMax Judelson (USA) Giant Cycling World Boston  
DNFEvan Murphy (USA) NYC Velo p/b The Cannibal  
DNFAnsel Dickey (USA) KMS-Start House Racing Team  
DNFLuke Keough (USA) Keough Cyclocross  
DNFShawn Milne (USA) Keough Cyclocross  
DNFZach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus  
DNFNicholas Keough (USA) Keough Cyclocross  
DNFDan Timmerman (USA) House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM  
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