Powers overcomes Berden in Gateway Cross

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) emerged victorious ahead of a collection of top domestic and international cyclo-cross racers in the inaugural Gateway Cross Cup, the third round of the newly minted Cross After Dark series.

On a fast, flat course, Powers dispatched Belgian Ben Berden on the final lap to take the win after an aggressive race, while Jonathan Page (Planet Bike/Blue) fought his way to third.

From the start of the men’s race, it was clear that the course, which featured two run ups, a flyover, barriers and constant twists and turns, would favor technical attacking riders.

Berden lit up the race early on with a bold solo move, breaking the race apart for the rest of the field. Behind him, a chase group of Jonathan Page, Jamey Driscoll, Jeremy Powers and national champion Todd Wells formed, working seamlessly to reel Berden in two laps later.

From there, the group showed remarkable cohesion and distanced the rest of the field, making it a five man race for the win. By far the most aggressive of the group was Berden, who tried numerous attacks, each one closely marked by Powers, as the group continued to put time into the chase.

40 minutes in to the hour long race, an attack by Page disrupted the group and momentarily gapped Driscoll, who dangled at the back. It wasn’t enough to break up the leaders and Powers put in a surge of his own with two to go, taking the ever present Berden with him.

The cat and mouse continued as the fractured group looked as if it was about to regroup with 500m to go until a final push by Powers took him across the line solo with Berden following in second and Page rounding out the podium. Despite his apparent difficulty two thirds of the way through the race, Driscoll took home the fourth place spot while Todd Wells rolled his stars and stripes skinsuit in for fifth.

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Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:57:23
2Ben Berden (Bel) Stoemper0:00:05
3Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles0:00:08
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:11
5Todd Wells (USA) Specialized0:00:34
6Bryan Fawley (USA) ORBEA USA0:01:54
7Barry Wicks (USA) KonaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite CyclocrossRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony0:02:02
10Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports0:02:41
11Kevin Fish (USA)0:02:46
12Jonathan Sundt (USA) Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling0:03:12
13Jonathan Schottler (USA) Big Shark/Michelob Ultra0:03:23
14Devin Clark (USA) Hub Cycle Company/The Cannonbal0:03:36
15Joshua Johnson (USA) Michelob Ultra - Big Shark RacingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Andrew Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill CX Team0:04:05
17Jason Rassi (USA) Psimet EliteRow 16 - Cell 2
18Mathew Ankney (USA) Tulsa Tough0:04:42
19Stephen Tilford (USA) TradeWind Energy/The Trek Stores0:05:51
20Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:06:54
+ 1 LapJay Strothman (USA) rokkit racingRow 20 - Cell 2
+ 3 LapsMatthew Allen (USA)Row 21 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha-FocusRow 22 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Carrington (USA) Turin Bikes - TLRRow 23 - Cell 2
DNFChris Mackay (USA) Cole Sport RacingRow 24 - Cell 2
DNFTim Van Nuffel (Bel) DCM- G B Vorselaar Cycling TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
DNSChristian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b CyclocrossworldRow 26 - Cell 2
DNSTroy Wells (USA) Team Clif BarRow 27 - Cell 2
DNSZoltan Tisza (Hun) AXISRow 28 - Cell 2
DNSTimothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b CyclocrossworldRow 29 - Cell 2
DNSDaniel Eiten (USA)Row 30 - Cell 2
DNSJacob Lasley (USA) Team SoundponyRow 31 - Cell 2


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