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December 04, Elite Men:

Powers takes over USGP lead with Portland win

By:
Laura Weislo
Published:
December 05, 2010, 1:16 GMT,
Updated:
December 05, 2010, 15:00 GMT

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
1 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 0:59:40  
2 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus 0:00:29  
3 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 0:00:38  
4 Jesse Anthony (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:00:50  
5 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized 0:00:58  
6 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus 0:01:22  
7 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 0:01:25  
8 Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:01:33  
9 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0:02:19  
10 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 0:02:45  
11 Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain-Shimano-Giro 0:02:51  
12 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners 0:03:19  
13 Tristan Schouten (USA) cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf 0:03:30  
14 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block 0:03:40  
15 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder 0:04:18  
16 Alex Candelario (USA) World Bicycle Relief 0:04:40  
17 Matthew Pacocha (USA) Hudz-Subaru 0:04:51  
18 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:05:17  
19 Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:05:19  
20 Adam Mcgrath (USA) Feedback Sports-Van Dessel 0:05:36  
21 Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport 0:05:51  
22 Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M Young Guns 0:05:53  
23 Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:05:58  
24 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:06:36  
25 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 0:06:46  
26 Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona 0:06:48  
27 Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:06:57  
28 Frank Spiteri (USA) Peninsula Velo-Pomodoro 0:06:58  
29 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 0:07:04  
30 Carl Decker (USA) Giant 0:07:09  
31 Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports 0:07:33  
32 Joshua Snead (USA) Bay 101-HRS-Rock Lobster 0:08:03  
33 Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross 0:08:29  
34 Brady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:08:50  
35 Scott Chapin (USA) Bay101-Hrs-Rock Lobster  -3laps  
36 Ryan Knapp (USA) BikeReg.com    
37 Andre Sutton (Can) Hardcore Cycling Club    
38 Ian Brown (USA) Tonicfab.Com/River City Bicycles    
39 Brett Nichols (USA) Scott USA    
40 Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue    
41 Brad Cole (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires    
42 Will Ross (USA) Kaladi Bro'S/Subway    
43 Steve Fisher (USA) Rad Racing Nw-Hagens Berman Llp    
44 Nathan Bannerman (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue    
45 Brett Luelling (USA) Buy Local Cycling    
46 Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires    
47 Benjamin Kubas (USA) Tai Cycling Team/Genr8/Smith Optics USA  -4laps  
48 Brue Syvertsen (USA) De La Paz Coffee    
49 Clayton Omer (USA) Papa Johns' Racing Team    
50 Damian Schmitt (USA) Sunnyside Sports    
51 Eric Colton (USA) The Team    
52 Chris Fisher (USA) Velorochester  -5laps  
53 Ryan Weaver (USA) River City Bicycles    
54 Derek Yarra (USA) Box Dog Bikes    
55 Matthew Fox (USA) Sunnyside Sports    
56 Aaron Mickels (USA) Stanwood Velo Sport    
57 Alan Adams (USA) Hagens Berman Llp    
58 Connor McCutcheon (USA) Rebound Spl / Bear Valley Bikes    
59 John Flack (USA) Olympia Orthopaedic Associates    
DNF Ross Bowden (USA)    
DNF Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona    
DNF Kevin Noiles (Can) La Bicicletta Pro Shop    
DNF Davy Yeater (USA) River City Bicycles-Cannondale    
DNF Drew Mackenzie (Can) Island Racing Club    
DNF Molly Cameron (USA) Portland Bicycle Studio    
DNF Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Racing    
DNF Mitchell Hoke (USA) Clif Bar Development Team    
DNS Andrew Bennett (USA) Team Redline    
DNS Mike Sherer (USA) The Pony Shop    
DNS Adam Mills (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires    
DNS Dave Hackworthy (USA) Team Plan C    
Elite Men USGP standings after 7 rounds
1 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 284 pts
2 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 284  
3 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized 163  
4 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 162  
5 Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 155  
6 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 138  
7 Tristan Schouten (USA) cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf 135  
8 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus 99  
9 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 70  
10 Davide Frattini (Ita) Hudz-Subaru 70  
11 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus 61  
12 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder 59  
13 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 56  
14 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team 55  
15 Jesse Anthony (USA) California Giant-Specialized 53  
16 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 52  
17 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 44  
18 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 41  
19 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 29  
20 Derrick St John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy 23  
21 Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross 21  
22 Luca Damiani (Ita) El Gato CX 20  
23 Adam Mcgrath (USA) Feedback Sports-Van Dessel 19  
24 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners 18  
25 Matthew Pacocha (USA) Hudz-Subaru 18  
26 Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized 14  
27 Ryan Knapp (USA) BikeReg.com 13  
28 Mark Lalonde (USA) Specialized 13  
29 Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain-Shimano-Giro 10  
30 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block 10  
31 Brady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar 10  
32 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Van Goethem - Prorace 10  
33 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized 8  
34 Valentin Scherz (Swi) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks 8  
35 Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized 6  
36 Alex Candelario (USA) World Bicycle Relief 5  
37 Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M Young Guns 4  
38 Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport 4  
39 Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvesterhude Rv 2  
40 Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized 1  
U23 Men USGP standings after 7 rounds
1 Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross 270 pts
2 Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized 218  
3 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized 214  
4 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus 180  
5 Dave Hackworthy (USA) Team Plan C 144  
6 Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires 137  
7 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners 130  
8 Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue 77  
9 Steve Fisher (USA) Rad Racing Nw-Hagens Berman Llp 77  
10 Clayton Omer (USA) Papa Johns' Racing Team 75  
11 Robin Eckmann (Ger) Hot Tubes 61  
12 Skyler Trujillo (USA) Black Sheep Jr. Cycling 51  
13 Valentin Scherz (Swi) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks 50  
14 Jack Hinkens (USA) Team Plan C p/b Stevens 49  
15 Chris Hurst (USA) 44  
16 Zachary Edwards (USA) DRT Racing 44  
17 Josh Johnson (USA) DRT Racing 42  
18 Will Ross (USA) Kaladi Bro'S/Subway 35  
19 Logan Vonbokel (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge 23  
20 Christopher Bogedin (USA) CCSH - RGF p/b Felt Bicycles 18  
21 Caley Fretz (USA) VeloNews 17  
22 Jared Stafford (Can) Bikesports Racing 17  
23 David Block (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport 15  
24 Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines/Acfstores.com 13  
25 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin/Team Holowesko Partners 12  
26 Connor McCutcheon (USA) Rebound Spl / Bear Valley Bikes 10