Powers takes over USGP lead with Portland win

Jones, Johnson podium as Trebon ousted by mechanical

Even with all the pressure of needing two wins in a row to claim the USGP series, Jeremy Powers rose to the occasion on the opening day in Portland to take home the victory over Chris Jones (Rapha Focus) and the leader's jersey from his teammate Tim Johnson, who came in third on the day.

The victory puts Powers and Johnson even on points for the overall series, and whoever comes across the line first on Sunday will wear the crown. Powers said that he would fight tomorrow to get the better of his teammate and bring home his first career USGP title.

"It was really great to win," said Powers. "Tim and I are going for this jersey, and even though we're friends, this is what we're here for and I want to win the jersey.

"Like Tim said before, we're the victims of our own success, because we've both done well all year we get to battle it out at the last race."

During the course of the race, Powers looked decidedly fresher than Johnson, having stayed stateside last week to seal the NACT series in Massachusetts while his teammate traveled across the Atlantic to race the World Cup in Belgium.

Famous for his quick start, Powers was second wheel behind U23 series leader Luke Keough coming off the pavement and never left the top three positions in the race.

Johnson, by contrast, was a surprising seventh coming out of the first half lap, and spent a good deal of the race without any wheels to follow in the blustery wind.

"I had a bad first half hour - the first 500m were pretty good, but after that it all went dark," Johnson admitted. "If you go to a race where it's fast and smooth if you have bad legs you can usually fake it, but I was in a world of hurt.

"If the race had been 30 minutes long I would have been 10th place, so I was glad it was an hour and I was able to make a race out of it."

While all eyes were on the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com duo at the start, several riders showed they were determined to stand on the top step of the podium in Portland.

The most dangerous rider, Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA), took the lead from Keough and then traded time at the front with Powers, helping to drive the pace into the red zone.

Danny Summerhill (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin) sat second wheel behind Powers on the first lap before a slip toward the end of the lap pushed him out of contention.

Jones, ever aggressive, put in a dig at the start of the second lap as Powers and Trebon settled in to watch each other, and he admitted that his intent was to put riders like Johnson into difficulty.

"I saw Tim was off the back a bit, so I thought I'd get to the front and stretch it out to try and eliminate as many guys as I could. I guess I had a little bit of a gap there for a while. I wasn't really thinking about that. I just wanted to keep my own pace, and if other people could keep up they could keep up," Jones said.

The furious pace distanced Johnson with his teammate Jamey Driscoll, Specialized's Todd Wells and Jesse Anthony (California Giant Berry-Specialized) forming a chase group behind.

For half the race, it was Trebon, Powers and Jones, but at the end of lap four, Trebon slid out in a tricky turn just before the barriers and while he was able to get back on terms with Powers, Jones was not.

"I was struggling a bit once they caught me - Jeremy attacked and Ryan crashed and I ran into him - that created a gap I couldn't get back," Jones explained. "I just tried to pace myself and recover."

Over the next two laps, Powers and Trebon, evenly matched, traded time at the front - Trebon attacked the straightaways while Powers bunny-hopped the barriers and sprinted down the pavement to get back in the lanky Kona rider's draft and then countered on the back side.

Powers said the fight with Trebon was "brutal", and described how the choice of line in each corner would turn the advantage slightly toward himself or his foe.

Trebon trailed Powers after losing ground in a turn, and heading out of the barriers with two laps to go, disaster struck. After re-mounting his bike Trebon clipped in to hit the gas and sheared off his rear derailleur, coming to a halt at the start of the pavement.

With the pits more than half a lap away and the race win and series out of reach, Trebon chose to exit the course rather than post another disappointing result in an unlucky season.

"I'm not in contention for the series so there was no point in running the lap and I'm not going to race for 30th place," Trebon told Cyclingnews. He was in the dark as to why his derailleur jumped into his spokes and broke off. "I was switching bikes more often than Jeremy, so it wasn't anything to do with the bike being dirty, it's just one of those things that happens."

That left Jones chasing Powers but he was unable to close the sizable gap. He was caught briefly by Johnson and Anthony, but a mistake from the US champion opened the door for Jones to post his best ever USGP result in second, and an important result for his new team.

"Rapha [has an office in] Portland, so it's always good to perform in front of the sponsors. Zach McDonald won the U23's so it was a good day for us."

Johnson held onto his gap over Jesse Anthony (California Giant Berry-Specialized) and Todd Wells (Specialized) to take third.

Trebon, who has more USGP wins than an other rider, is determined to come back on Sunday and contend for the win.

"I felt like the course was really draining today - the mud was thick and it was really windy, so there will definitely be some tired legs out there tomorrow."

Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:59:40 
2Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus0:00:29 
3Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:38 
4Jesse Anthony (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:00:50 
5Todd Wells (USA) Specialized0:00:58 
6Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus0:01:22 
7James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:25 
8Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:01:33 
9Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:02:19 
10Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team0:02:45 
11Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain-Shimano-Giro0:02:51 
12Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners0:03:19 
13Tristan Schouten (USA) cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf0:03:30 
14Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block0:03:40 
15Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder0:04:18 
16Alex Candelario (USA) World Bicycle Relief0:04:40 
17Matthew Pacocha (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:04:51 
18Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:05:17 
19Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:05:19 
20Adam Mcgrath (USA) Feedback Sports-Van Dessel0:05:36 
21Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:05:51 
22Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M Young Guns0:05:53 
23Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:05:58 
24Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:06:36 
25Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:06:46 
26Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona0:06:48 
27Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:06:57 
28Frank Spiteri (USA) Peninsula Velo-Pomodoro0:06:58 
29Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack0:07:04 
30Carl Decker (USA) Giant0:07:09 
31Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports0:07:33 
32Joshua Snead (USA) Bay 101-HRS-Rock Lobster0:08:03 
33Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross0:08:29 
34Brady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar0:08:50 
35Scott Chapin (USA) Bay101-Hrs-Rock Lobster -3laps 
36Ryan Knapp (USA) BikeReg.com  
37Andre Sutton (Can) Hardcore Cycling Club  
38Ian Brown (USA) Tonicfab.Com/River City Bicycles  
39Brett Nichols (USA) Scott USA  
40Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue  
41Brad Cole (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires  
42Will Ross (USA) Kaladi Bro'S/Subway  
43Steve Fisher (USA) Rad Racing Nw-Hagens Berman Llp  
44Nathan Bannerman (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue  
45Brett Luelling (USA) Buy Local Cycling  
46Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires  
47Benjamin Kubas (USA) Tai Cycling Team/Genr8/Smith Optics USA -4laps 
48Brue Syvertsen (USA) De La Paz Coffee  
49Clayton Omer (USA) Papa Johns' Racing Team  
50Damian Schmitt (USA) Sunnyside Sports  
51Eric Colton (USA) The Team  
52Chris Fisher (USA) Velorochester -5laps 
53Ryan Weaver (USA) River City Bicycles  
54Derek Yarra (USA) Box Dog Bikes  
55Matthew Fox (USA) Sunnyside Sports  
56Aaron Mickels (USA) Stanwood Velo Sport  
57Alan Adams (USA) Hagens Berman Llp  
58Connor McCutcheon (USA) Rebound Spl / Bear Valley Bikes  
59John Flack (USA) Olympia Orthopaedic Associates  
DNFRoss Bowden (USA)  
DNFRyan Trebon (USA) Kona  
DNFKevin Noiles (Can) La Bicicletta Pro Shop  
DNFDavy Yeater (USA) River City Bicycles-Cannondale  
DNFDrew Mackenzie (Can) Island Racing Club  
DNFMolly Cameron (USA) Portland Bicycle Studio  
DNFTravis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Racing  
DNFMitchell Hoke (USA) Clif Bar Development Team  
DNSAndrew Bennett (USA) Team Redline  
DNSMike Sherer (USA) The Pony Shop  
DNSAdam Mills (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires  
DNSDave Hackworthy (USA) Team Plan C  
Elite Men USGP standings after 7 rounds
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com284pts
2Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com284 
3Todd Wells (USA) Specialized163 
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com162 
5Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain155 
6Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona138 
7Tristan Schouten (USA) cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf135 
8Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus99 
9Barry Wicks (USA) Kona70 
10Davide Frattini (Ita) Hudz-Subaru70 
11Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus61 
12Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder59 
13Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS56 
14Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team55 
15Jesse Anthony (USA) California Giant-Specialized53 
16Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar52 
17Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike44 
18Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ41 
19Sean Babcock (USA) Kona29 
20Derrick St John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy23 
21Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross21 
22Luca Damiani (Ita) El Gato CX20 
23Adam Mcgrath (USA) Feedback Sports-Van Dessel19 
24Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners18 
25Matthew Pacocha (USA) Hudz-Subaru18 
26Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized14 
27Ryan Knapp (USA) BikeReg.com13 
28Mark Lalonde (USA) Specialized13 
29Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain-Shimano-Giro10 
30Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block10 
31Brady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar10 
32Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Van Goethem - Prorace10 
33Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized8 
34Valentin Scherz (Swi) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks8 
35Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized6 
36Alex Candelario (USA) World Bicycle Relief5 
37Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M Young Guns4 
38Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport4 
39Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvesterhude Rv2 
40Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized1 
U23 Men USGP standings after 7 rounds
1Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross270pts
2Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized218 
3Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized214 
4Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus180 
5Dave Hackworthy (USA) Team Plan C144 
6Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires137 
7Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners130 
8Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue77 
9Steve Fisher (USA) Rad Racing Nw-Hagens Berman Llp77 
10Clayton Omer (USA) Papa Johns' Racing Team75 
11Robin Eckmann (Ger) Hot Tubes61 
12Skyler Trujillo (USA) Black Sheep Jr. Cycling51 
13Valentin Scherz (Swi) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks50 
14Jack Hinkens (USA) Team Plan C p/b Stevens49 
15Chris Hurst (USA)44 
16Zachary Edwards (USA) DRT Racing44 
17Josh Johnson (USA) DRT Racing42 
18Will Ross (USA) Kaladi Bro'S/Subway35 
19Logan Vonbokel (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge23 
20Christopher Bogedin (USA) CCSH - RGF p/b Felt Bicycles18 
21Caley Fretz (USA) VeloNews17 
22Jared Stafford (Can) Bikesports Racing17 
23David Block (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport15 
24Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines/Acfstores.com13 
25Alex Howes (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners12 
26Connor McCutcheon (USA) Rebound Spl / Bear Valley Bikes10 
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