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Powers overcomes Berden in Gateway Cross

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The crowd hands out some dollars to the chasers

The crowd hands out some dollars to the chasers (Image credit: Matt James)
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Powers bunny hopped the barriers to victory.

Powers bunny hopped the barriers to victory. (Image credit: Matt James)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) wins the Gateway Cross Cup

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) wins the Gateway Cross Cup (Image credit: Matt James)
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The elite men's podium in St. Louis.

The elite men's podium in St. Louis. (Image credit: Matt James)
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Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) remounts

Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) remounts (Image credit: Matt James)
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Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) leads the race

Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) leads the race (Image credit: Matt James)
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Fans set up dollar prizes on the stairs

Fans set up dollar prizes on the stairs (Image credit: Matt James)
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Brad Huff is not a regular in the cross scene, but jumped in for his local UCI race

Brad Huff is not a regular in the cross scene, but jumped in for his local UCI race (Image credit: Matt James)
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Ben Berden on the attack

Ben Berden on the attack (Image credit: Matt James)
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Ben Berden was in the mix all night.

Ben Berden was in the mix all night. (Image credit: Matt James)
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Barry Wicks hopped the barriers too.

Barry Wicks hopped the barriers too. (Image credit: Matt James)
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US champion Todd Wells races through the tunnel of fans.

US champion Todd Wells races through the tunnel of fans. (Image credit: Matt James)
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Todd Wells also had no problems hopping the barriers

Todd Wells also had no problems hopping the barriers (Image credit: Matt James)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) in the lead

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) in the lead (Image credit: Matt James)

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.

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) Kona
8Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross
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 Racing
16Andrew Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill CX Team0:04:05
17Jason Rassi (USA) Psimet Elite
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 racing
+ 3 LapsMatthew Allen (USA)
DNFChristopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha-Focus
DNFTaylor Carrington (USA) Turin Bikes - TLR
DNFChris Mackay (USA) Cole Sport Racing
DNFTim Van Nuffel (Bel) DCM- G B Vorselaar Cycling Team
DNSChristian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld
DNSTroy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar
DNSZoltan Tisza (Hun) AXIS
DNSTimothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld
DNSDaniel Eiten (USA)
DNSJacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony

 

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