Powers tops Trebon in tight Louisville sprint

Johnson bounces back for third

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) won the opening day at the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross's Derby City Cup in dramatic fashion as he passed series leader Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) 500 metres from the finish line and held him off down the finishing straight.

The duo had been locked in a fiercely contested battle for supremacy for the duration of the Exergy USGP's fifth round located at Eva Bandman Park, the venue for the 2013 cyclo-cross world championships in Louisville, Kentucky. For much of the race it was Trebon who appeared to have Powers on the ropes, as the LTS-Felt rider unleashed powerful attacks on the up-and-down terrain only to have Powers dig deep and regain contact.

Powers led Trebon on to the finishing straight and Trebon seemed ready to pounce in the closing 200 metres, but he was waylaid by a dropped chain and was never able to challenge Powers for the victory.

"It would have been a good sprint, but that's racing," Powers told Cyclingnews. "I've had my problems, he's had his, and that's how it goes. I'm still really happy with today and I think I rode a good race, I think he did too. We've both proven that we're the strongest guys this year. It's just Ryan and I beating the crap out of each other.

"Riding with Ryan, it's always hard. I may have a little turbo-charge here or there in certain sections but he's the diesel all day. Today was just me biding time and watching for where I could get maybe one or two seconds."

Trebon had taken the lead from Powers late in the final lap with a powerful surge on the Selle Italia run-up, but Powers was confident he still had a trick up his sleeve.

"I pre-rode with him and he went really good up that and I knew he was going to go there," said Powers. "After that there's almost no where to go except for one turn where he was going outside and I was going inside. I'd seen him mess it up a few times and I knew that would be my moment. It wasn't pretty on the last lap but I made a pass on the inside and I did the best that I could, I did the only move that I could at that point."

The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for Trebon, who despite being passed in the approach to the finishing straight still felt he had what it took to overtake Powers for the victory.

"I felt really good,." said Trebon. "I was extremely happy with the way my legs were feeling, I was happy with the way the bike was handling, and the race went really well until the last 500 metres. Jeremy came inside and I thought 'this isn't too bad, I'll just sit on his wheel and wait for the sprint'.

"I was following him and coming around that last little 180 Jeremy was out front by about five feet and I thought 'this is the perfect position'. I was going for it, trying to go through the gears too fast and I lost my chain. It happens and it's my fault trying to shift down to the 11 from the 23.

"Today's going to stick with me for a little while, it's going to take a little while to let it go. I'm not disappointed, but just kind of bummed. When you have good legs and you ride the bike well you want to capitalize on those days."

Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) finished in third place, 27 seconds behind Powers and Trebon, for his best result this season in a USGP event.

"I had a rough start, a little too far back in the traffic for the first few laps," said Johnson. "Once I got away from the chase group I was just trying to do the fastest laps that I could and hope that they would be in trouble up front but it just didn't end up being that way. Getting third feels good, but I definitely want more tomorrow."

Johnson was part of a six-man chase group, comprised of Daniel Summerhill (Chipotle Development Team), Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus), Troy Wells (Clif Bar) and Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), but attacked them on the fourth of seven laps in solo pursuit of the front duo.

The chase group further splintered with Kabush finishing alone in fourth, 46 seconds back, while Summerhill oukicked Driscoll for fifth nine seconds later. Wells edged Jones for seventh 1:03 off the pace.

Belgian blast off

Belgium's Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) launched like a rocket off the start grid and took the hole shot from the 60-strong elite men's field as they turned left onto the grass from pavement. Berden, the recent winner of the Victory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup, quickly forced a four-man early selection on the first lap in which he was joined by Trebon plus Rapha-Focus teammates Jeremy Powers and Chris Jones.

The lead quartet held firm at the head of affairs into the third lap over a strong chase group comprised of US 'cross champion Todd Wells (Specialized), Danny Summerhill (Chipotle Development Team), Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Tim Johnson and Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Barry Wicks (Kona) and Troy Wells (Clif Bar).

On the third lap, however, things came unglued for two of the leading quartet as Berden flatted and Jones crashed. Berden's flat occurred very far from the pits and the Belgian would pull the plug in disgust with his misfortune, while Jones would recover and slot in with the chasing group. In the meantime, the chase was coming tantalizingly close to making contact with the leaders under the impetus of Todd Wells, but he, too, flatted on the third lap and the chase's gap to the leaders began to grow.

As Trebon and Powers began to extend their lead, Johnson attacked the chasing group on the fourth of seven laps. He crossed the finish line with three laps to go 15 seconds behind the two leaders while Summerhill led the chase across the finish line seconds later.

Johnson closed to within 10 seconds of Powers and Trebon, but would not get any closer. In the meantime, Kabush had escaped from the chasing group and was riding solo in fourth place.

At the end of the penultimate lap, Trebon and Powers led Johnson by 16 seconds, Kabush by 28 seconds and the remainder of the chase group by 47 seconds.

Trebon seemed to have made the winning move late in the last lap with a powerful surge up a steep incline, but Powers fought back and played his winning hand within the final 500 metres. A missed shift cost Trebon a chance at victory and he crossed the finish line clearly frustrated, but the ever consistent LTS-Felt rider remains in the overall series lead with his fifth straight USGP podium appearance this season.

Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:56:52 
2Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt0:00:03 
3Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:27 
4Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:46 
5Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team0:00:55 
6James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:56 
7Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:01:03 
8Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha-Focus  
9Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:01:32 
10Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Bicycles  
11Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar0:01:33 
12Evan McNeely (Can) EMD Serono-Specialized0:02:08 
13Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:02:18 
14Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:02:19 
15Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.com-Joe's Garage0:02:24 
16Jerome Townsend (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:03:02 
17Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar0:03:03 
18Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus0:03:06 
19Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech Powered By C100:03:09 
20Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block0:03:14 
21Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:03:18 
22Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:03:24 
23Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:03:33 
24Travis Livermon (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:03:36 
25Lukas Müller (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:03:41 
26Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:03:54 
27Jared Stafford (Can) Ride With Rendall0:04:02 
28Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC0:04:14 
29Bryan Alders (USA)0:04:18 
30Travis Woodruff (USA) Trek-Boulder/MomentumEndurance0:04:23 
31Adam Myerson (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:04:29 
32Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:04:48 
33Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:04:53 
34Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony0:05:01 
35Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar0:05:10 
36Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires0:05:16 
37Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:05:25 
38Giancarlo Dalle Angelini (USA) Rio Blanco0:05:31 
39Bryan Fawley (USA) Orbea Factory-Dallas Bike Works0:05:39 
40Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing0:06:04 
41Andrew Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:06:12 
42Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires0:06:43 
43Will Fyfe (USA) Birmingham Bicycle Co0:07:13 
44Weston Luzadder (USA) NUVO-Cultural Trail-Marian University0:07:20 
45Shaun Adamson (Can) Cycle-Smart0:07:23 
46Daniel Miller (USA) Team Seagal0:08:22 
47Josh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.com0:08:46 
48Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines-Acfstores.com0:09:15 
49Mark Parmelee (USA) Cycletherapy0:09:25 
50Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team  -1lap 
51Gunnar Bergey (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes  
52Matthew Allen (USA) Behind Bars-LGR  
53Mitch Nordahl (USA) MNJRC  
54Chris Larsen (USA) Industry Nine/Youngblood Bicycles  
55Bill Street (USA) Kuhl Midwest Regional MTB Team  -2laps 
DNFBen Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper  
DNFClayton Omer (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross  
DNFBrad Cole (USA) KCCX Fuji p/b Challenge Tires  
DNFNathan Wyatt (USA) Carolina Fatz Cycling Center p/b Industry Nine  
DNFChris Mackay (USA) Realcyclist.com  
DNSEric Muehl (USA) Industry Nine-Highland Brewery  
DNSNicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized  
DNSMichael Chewning (USA) Team Hungry!  
DNSSpencer Haugh (USA) Behind Bars-LGR  
Elite men - Exergy USGP overall standings after five rounds
1Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt214pts
2Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus182 
3Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain135 
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld116 
5Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld91 
6Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea90 
7Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper77 
8Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar61 
9Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea60 
10Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld57 
11Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles50 
12Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus49 
13Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Bicycles48 
14Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus46 
15Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles-Shimano46 
16Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar40 
17Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha-Focus34 
18Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team26 
19Barry Wicks (USA) Kona26 
20Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar25 
21Sean Babcock (USA) Kona15 
22Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport14 
23Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized14 
24Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing13 
25Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech Powered By C1010 
26Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team10 
27Evan McNeely (Can) EMD Serono-Specialized9 
28Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)9 
29Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team7 
30Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.com-Joe's Garage6 
31Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team6 
32Jerome Townsend (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley5 
33Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized5 
34Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada3 
35Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block2 
36Bryan Alders (USA)2 
37Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized1 
38Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross1 
U23 men - Exergy USGP overall standings after five rounds
1Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus224pts
2Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus214 
3Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized168 
4Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires120 
5Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires66 
6Josh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.com61 
7Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team60 
8Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines-Acfstores.com53 
9Skyler Trujillo (USA) CYF Divo52 
10Evan McNeely (Can) EMD Serono-Specialized40 
11Thomson Remo (USA) Team Wheel & Sprocket40 
12Robin Eckmann (USA) Pearl Izumi-Shimano Team31 
13Lukas Müller (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School30 
14Jesse Goodrich (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing24 
15Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power-Blue Sky24 
16Jared Stafford (Can) Ride With Rendall23 
17Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Competition Cycles17 
18Weston Luzadder (USA) NUVO-Cultural Trail-Marian University14 
19Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team9 
20Drew Hogg (USA) RGF Solutions9 
21Gunnar Bergey (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes8 
22Mitch Nordahl (USA) MNJRC7 
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