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Powers prevails on Gran Prix of Gloucester opening day

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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) takes day one at the Gran Prix of Gloucester

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) takes day one at the Gran Prix of Gloucester
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Ryan Trebon (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) on the front row

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) on the front row
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Men’s podium on the first day in Gloucester (L to R): Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) 3rd, Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) 1st, Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com). The three are former teammates.

Men’s podium on the first day in Gloucester (L to R): Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) 3rd, Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) 1st, Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com). The three are former teammates.
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) stretching at the starting line

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) stretching at the starting line
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Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) got off to a brilliant start

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) got off to a brilliant start
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Lukas Winterberg (Mueller Landscape/ BH Bikes) racing in second position on lap one

Lukas Winterberg (Mueller Landscape/ BH Bikes) racing in second position on lap one
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) flying over the barriers on lap one

Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) flying over the barriers on lap one
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Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) leading on lap two

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) leading on lap two
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Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) seemed to be having a fantastic race

Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) seemed to be having a fantastic race
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Yannick Eckmann (CalGiant/ Specialized) riding in the cloud of dust kicked up by the leaders

Yannick Eckmann (CalGiant/ Specialized) riding in the cloud of dust kicked up by the leaders
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Zach McDonald (Rapha Focus) racing in the top ten

Zach McDonald (Rapha Focus) racing in the top ten
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The race course featured several views of Gloucester Harbor

The race course featured several views of Gloucester Harbor
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) leading Johnson with one lap to go

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) leading Johnson with one lap to go
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Raleigh Clement teammates Jamey Driscoll and Ben Berden were dropped by the Powers attack

Raleigh Clement teammates Jamey Driscoll and Ben Berden were dropped by the Powers attack
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) wins on the first day of the 2013 Gran Prix of Gloucester

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) wins on the first day of the 2013 Gran Prix of Gloucester
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Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/ NCC/ Vittoria) has been on fire this year

Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/ NCC/ Vittoria) has been on fire this year
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Big Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) riding third wheel with two laps to go

Big Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) riding third wheel with two laps to go
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An Essex County Velo racer running the barriers on lap one

An Essex County Velo racer running the barriers on lap one
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Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) leading the race on lap two

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) leading the race on lap two
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Yannick Eckmann (CalGiant/Specialized) chasing Trebon up the stairs

Yannick Eckmann (CalGiant/Specialized) chasing Trebon up the stairs
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) lost a lot of ground in the first two laps

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) lost a lot of ground in the first two laps
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) was a factor until the final two laps

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) was a factor until the final two laps
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) trying to make up a fifteen-second deficit to the leaders

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) trying to make up a fifteen-second deficit to the leaders
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Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) was having his best cyclo-cross race in years

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) was having his best cyclo-cross race in years
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Cannondale teammates Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon trying to hunt down Driscoll

Cannondale teammates Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon trying to hunt down Driscoll
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Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain) rounding a corner before the largest set of stairs

Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain) rounding a corner before the largest set of stairs
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Yannick Eckmann (CalGiant/ Specialized) leading the U23 race within a race

Yannick Eckmann (CalGiant/ Specialized) leading the U23 race within a race
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Tristen Schouten (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) riding in 8th position

Tristen Schouten (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) riding in 8th position
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading the race with two laps to go

Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading the race with two laps to go
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) showing signs of chasing behind the dust kicked up by the leaders

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) showing signs of chasing behind the dust kicked up by the leaders
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) spent nearly the entire race chasing the leaders after a poor start, but in the end proved he was the best in the 80-man field at the Gran Prix of Gloucester's opening day. Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) was the only person that could go with the decisive move by Powers and he finished six seconds back to take second place.

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement) had one of his best races in years. He took the hole-shot and then led through the first two laps. He was the aggressor today and can be credited for putting Powers onto the ropes. At the end he had to settle for third place, however, 24 seconds back. Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) also looked strong today. He made the lead group early and then led a lap mid-race. He rolled across the line just behind his teammate Driscoll to claim fourth place.

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) looked fast early, but ultimately seemed to have trouble holding the pace of the leaders. He finished in fifth place, 50 seconds back. Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) raced to win today, but ultimately had to watch the leaders ride away. He finished sixth.

The course at Gloucester was a bit less technical than in past years. Due to negotiations with the town, a difficult run-up was eliminated, as was a beach crossing and a sand pit on the lower field. Organizers attempted to keep the course difficult by placing three sets of steps at various points. Still, it appeared that the course was faster than ever and might favor road racers in the field. Due to dry conditions, dust was a factor for racers caught in the back of the pack.

Powers talked about his difficult victory. "I have a lot going on right now and had a slow start. I didn't have my legs under me right at the beginning. I felt like they were starting to come around three quarters of the way into the race. Everybody had made moves and I was just trying to find my pace. I didn't feel comfortable today."

Powers added, "Again, I have been trying to come in slower (this season) so it's harder to win when you haven't been doing as much training. That's what left me out the back at the beginning of today."

Tim Johnson took his second place finish in stride, commenting, "If there's one place that second place is kind of OK, it's probably this place." He went on to explain the race tactics, "Jeremy caught up to us with three to go, maybe. He was obviously going faster than we were. I just knew that when he went I had to be ready to go with him or I would be in trouble."

Powers and Johnson, both Massachusetts residents, have battled each other on the Gloucester course many times. Powers remarked, "I thought that it was crazy that Tim and I are here again doing this thing. I just took it in for a second because it's not going to happen forever. It was pretty neat for sure."

Yannick Eckmann (California Giant Berries/ Specialized) won the U23 race in convincing fashion. He rode with the leaders early in the contest and finished seventh overall.

The Elite Men will meet again on Sunday for day two of the Gran Prix of Gloucester. Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for all the action.

Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus0:58:48
2Tim Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:06
3James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:00:24
4Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:00:25
5Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:50
6Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:03
7Yannick Eckmann (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized
8Stephen Hyde (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:01:04
9Justin Lindine (USA) Redline-NBX0:01:18
10Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Muller Landscape-BH Bikes0:01:29
11Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team0:02:03
12Craig Richey (Can) VOmax-SponsorConnected.com0:02:04
13Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
14Jeremy Martin (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team0:02:05
15Christian Favata (USA) TRT Bicycles p/b Stan's NoTubes
16Anthony Clark (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:02:09
17Derrick St. John (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery0:02:30
18Evan McNeely (Can) Norco Factory Team0:02:34
19Curtis White (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:02:36
20Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:02:43
21Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:02:47
22Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:51
23Edwin Bull (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team
24Adam Myerson (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis0:03:03
25Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel0:03:57
26Adam St. Germain (USA) ENGVT-Specialized0:03:59
27Jerome Townsend (USA) BikeReg.com-Joe's Garage0:04:00
28Thomas Sampson (USA) Adigga Racing
29Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart
30Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro CX Team
31Cameron Dodge (USA) Team Skyline-Scott Bikes0:04:05
32Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:04:43
33Brendan Rhim (USA) KMS-Start House Cycling Team0:04:48
34Daniel Chabanov (USA) House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM0:04:54
35Sam O'Keefe (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.
36Charles Schubert (USA) GPM Sport0:04:56
37Andrew l'Esperance (Can) Norco Factory Team0:05:06
38Conor O'Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery0:05:08
39Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Canada0:05:26
40Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R Block0:05:34
41Michael Wissell (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C20:05:40
42Leandre Bouchard (Can) Cyclone d'Alma-Devinci0:06:02
43Jesse Keough (USA) Keough Cyclocross0:06:15
44Manny Goguen (USA) RACE CF0:06:23
45Christopher Hamlin (USA) Bicycle Express-Kona Bikes0:06:24
46Matt Timmerman (USA) Cannondale
47Evan Huff (USA) Crossresults.com0:06:34
48Adam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation-Gaulzetti Cicli0:07:02
49Aroussen Laflamme (Can) Xprezo-Borsao0:07:03
50Aaron Oakes (USA) NYCross-Vomax0:07:04
51Ian Schon (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C20:07:09
52Sean Pantellere (USA) STAMPEDE! p/b Budd Bike Works0:07:14
53Cary Fridrich (USA) Mad Alchemy-Verge Rider Cooperative-1lap
54Brendan McCormack (USA) Clif Bar-Pactimo
55Matthew Means (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.
56Colin Reuter (USA) crossresults.com
57Chris Field (USA) Essex County Velo
58Devin Wagner (USA) NYCross.com p/b Vomax
59Andrew Lysaght (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C2
60Kurt Belhumeur (USA) Stampede!
61Jesse Quagliaroli (USA) Expowheelmen
62Tyler Berliner (USA) BikeReg.com-Joe's Garage-2laps
63Alexandre Vialle (Can) Espresso Sport
64John Burns (USA) Burns Racing
65Cameron McCormack (USA) Clif Bar-Pactimo
66Joseph Near (USA) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
67Jacob Harris (USA) Createx-Benidorm
68David Devine (USA) Cannondale
69Joseph O'Brien-Applegate (USA) Bicycle Roots Bike Shop-4laps
DNFAndrew Louiza (USA) RMRC
DNFMax Judelson (USA) Giant Cycling World Boston
DNFEvan Murphy (USA) NYC Velo p/b The Cannibal
DNFAnsel Dickey (USA) KMS-Start House Racing Team
DNFLuke Keough (USA) Keough Cyclocross
DNFShawn Milne (USA) Keough Cyclocross
DNFZach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus
DNFNicholas Keough (USA) Keough Cyclocross
DNFDan Timmerman (USA) House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM

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