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Elite Men's Podium (L to R) Tim Johnson 2nd (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld), Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) 1st, Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) 3rd

Elite Men's Podium (L to R) Tim Johnson 2nd (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld), Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) 1st, Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) 3rd (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) rounding a tight corner

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) rounding a tight corner (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru) checking the 3-day growth at the starting line

Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru) checking the 3-day growth at the starting line (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru) having one of his best 'cross races ever

Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru) having one of his best 'cross races ever (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru) climbing the stairs

Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru) climbing the stairs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar) running the barriers

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) running the barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar) riding some S-Turns

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) riding some S-Turns (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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The chase group all together on a run-up

The chase group all together on a run-up (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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A Planet Bike rider streaks down a descent

A Planet Bike rider streaks down a descent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding in third place

Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) riding in third place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) descending in second place

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) descending in second place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) hammering every climb

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) hammering every climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) riding the flat grass Field

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) riding the flat grass Field (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Cannondale bikes on the podium take first and second today

Cannondale bikes on the podium take first and second today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) cornering with one lap to Go

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) cornering with one lap to Go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) literally running away with the race

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) literally running away with the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) delighting the crowd by riding some stairs

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) delighting the crowd by riding some stairs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) riding up steps that almost everyone had to run

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) riding up steps that almost everyone had to run (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) flying over the barriers

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) flying over the barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) bolted out to an immediate lead

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) bolted out to an immediate lead (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com powerhouse team (L to R) US Champion Tim Johnson, Jamey Driscoll, Jeremy Powers

Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com powerhouse team (L to R) US Champion Tim Johnson, Jamey Driscoll, Jeremy Powers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) wins the Saturday Planet Bike Cup

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) wins the Saturday Planet Bike Cup (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) - It's lonely on the front

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) - It's lonely on the front (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Francis Mourey (Francais Des Jeux) took turns riding and running the steps

Francis Mourey (Francais Des Jeux) took turns riding and running the steps (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) on the run

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) on the run (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Luca Damiani riding the stairs

Luca Damiani riding the stairs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Chris Jones on a climb

Chris Jones on a climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar) riding up the steps

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) riding up the steps (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Tristan Schouten putting in a ride that wins him "Most Aggressive Rider"

Tristan Schouten putting in a ride that wins him "Most Aggressive Rider" (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Canadian mountain biking champion Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) can basically ride anything

Canadian mountain biking champion Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) can basically ride anything (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) running the stairs

Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) running the stairs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Francis Mourey (Francais Des Jeux) riding the stair section of the course

Francis Mourey (Francais Des Jeux) riding the stair section of the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Christian Heule (Champion Systems LBS) showing how the Europeans do it

Christian Heule (Champion Systems LBS) showing how the Europeans do it (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) ran the steps while his teammate Powers rode them

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) ran the steps while his teammate Powers rode them (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) leading Geoff Kabush around a turn

Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) leading Geoff Kabush around a turn (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Todd Wells (Specialized) goes off the front of the chase group

Todd Wells (Specialized) goes off the front of the chase group (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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The chasers on the back side of the course

The chasers on the back side of the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Ryan Trebon (Kona) chasing Powers early in the race

Ryan Trebon (Kona) chasing Powers early in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Christian Heule (Champion Systems LBS) leading a group over the barriers

Christian Heule (Champion Systems LBS) leading a group over the barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Ryan Trebon (Kona) looked strong early but drifted back in the pack

Ryan Trebon (Kona) looked strong early but drifted back in the pack (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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USA Champion Tim Johnson (L) and French Champion Francis Mourey wish each other good luck at the start.

USA Champion Tim Johnson (L) and French Champion Francis Mourey wish each other good luck at the start. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) cornering with a little over one lap to go

Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) cornering with a little over one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Jon Page (Planet Bike)

Jon Page (Planet Bike) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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US Champion Tim Johnson (Cannnondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) taking second place behind his team-mate Driscoll

US Champion Tim Johnson (Cannnondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) taking second place behind his team-mate Driscoll (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrosworld.com) hanging on to the back of the chase group

Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrosworld.com) hanging on to the back of the chase group (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Todd Wells (Specialized) leading the chasers with one lap to go

Todd Wells (Specialized) leading the chasers with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Barry Wicks (Kona)

Barry Wicks (Kona) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Elite men swarm the barriers

Elite men swarm the barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) took the hole shot and rode away with a victory at the Planet Bike Cup, the first round of the US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross series at the Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. His teammate and US National Champion Tim Johnson crossed the finish line 10 seconds later for second place followed by Jonathan Page (Planet Bike-Blue) in third.

“I love having the jersey and it is a dream come true for me,” said Powers who took the USGP series early lead. “It means a lot to be able to win one of the most prestigious series. I will have the jersey on my back tomorrow (Sunday) and that means a lot to me.

“Winning the series is a focus for me because I am not going to the World Cup in the Czech Republic so I can focus on the USGP series,” he said. “It is important to us and it is important to our sponsors.”

Powers and Johnson hold off a strong chase group

Powers led a talented line up of cyclo-cross riders around the first lap and was one of the only riders capable of riding over a set of stairs located on the circuit’s steep run up climb. Where he saved energy, most of his competitors lost time and it wasn’t long before his gap grew from several seconds to a solid 20 seconds by the end of the third lap.

“I wanted to get the hole shot because it is such a fast and twisty course that I knew I wanted to be out front early,” Powers said. “I wanted to have a shot at those barriers on the first lap and get a gap on the others right away. If they were better than me, I had Tim and Jamey ready to go. I don’t know how many guys were riding those stairs but I was doing it
pretty well every lap. I was just trying to capitalize on that gap I got early on.”

Last year’s overall series winner Ryan Trebon (KONA-FSA) was forced to do much of the strenuous work to keep Powers at a reasonable distance. His efforts proved to be too much for one rider to handle and the gap to Powers opened up more and more each lap.

The eight other riders that comprised the chase group behind Powers included his teammates Johnson and Driscoll along with Page, Swiss champ Christian Heule (Champion System LBS), Canadian champ Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), French champ Francis Mourey (FDJ) and Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru).

“Ryan was chasing pretty hard and he had a little bobble on one of the corners and just when he was kind of having a hard time I hit it,” Johnson said. “Jeremy had so much of a gap that it was a perfect race for him and a great way to start the season.”

Johnson launched an attack and gained an instant 10-second lead which left the other riders in the group, without teammates, wondering who was going to chase the pair of Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com riders.

“That’s the great thing about Tim, we are friends and he pushes me to be my best and I hope that I do the same for him,” Powers said. “If we can push each other to be good, as long as he is clear from the other guys when he is charging across, it is not a problem.”

Mourey made a bid to bridge to Johnson on the run-up and nearly made it across, but came up short by a few seconds. However, he was reeled back into the chase group with seven laps to go.

In the meantime, Todd Wells (Specialized) and Tristan Schouten (cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf) rode back into the chase group. Both riders highlighted the closing laps putting forth several attacks a piece and Schouten earned himself the Most Aggressive rider award.

“I was staged third row and it took a while to get up there,” Schouten said. “There was a gap early on and Todd Wells caught up to me and we worked together to get back up to the others. We bridged up to the lead group maybe half way into the race. I didn’t do much, just attack with two laps to go but it didn’t really do anything. I was at my limit.”

Strong attacks came from Page, Kabush and Heule. Although they were unsuccessful in gaining time on Powers and Johnson they each helped reduce the group to six riders losing Mourey with five laps to go followed by Frattini with three to go. Page put forth a massive effort on the last lap in front of a sponsor-filled audience and narrowly captured third place ahead of Wells and Heule who placed fourth and fifth respectively.

“American 'cross has gotten much better, they are on form and they’ve shown it,” Page said of his rivals. “Every year it is hard at the beginning of the year for me, and everyone else who comes in, but travel or no travel it [American cyclo-cross] is still much faster.

“Today I was there but not quite there,” he said. “It takes one or two efforts and I’m a little far behind. I can’t make it up right away. These guys were much better today and I was constantly keeping on the gas on but not closing it.”

Round two of the Planet Bike Cup will continue at the Angell Park Speedway on Sunday, September 26.

Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com1:01:03
2Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:20
3Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:00:50
4Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing
5Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS0:00:52
6James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:54
7Tristan Schouten (USA) cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf0:01:00
8Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:01:06
9Davide Frattini (Ita) Hudz-Subaru0:01:56
10Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:02:09
11Ryan Knapp (USA) BikeReg.com0:02:11
12Barry Wicks (USA) Kona
13Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder0:02:18
14Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:02:47
15Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Van Goethem - Prorace0:02:52
16Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:03:09
17Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:03:11
18Mark Lalonde (USA) Specialized0:03:42
19Rene Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvesterhude Rv0:03:43
20Adam Mcgrath (USA) Feedback Sports-Van Dessel0:03:44
21Luke Keough (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale
22Bryan Fawley (USA) Park Place Dealerships0:03:47
23Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challen0:03:52
24Jesse Anthony (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:03:57
25Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized
26Frank Spiteri (USA) Peninsula Velo-Pomodoro0:04:04
27Dave Hackworthy (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue0:04:18
28Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue
29Brad Cole (USA) KCCX/Verge0:04:25
30Eric Muehl (USA) Industry Nine Factory0:04:39
31Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Focus Bikes0:04:46
32Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:05:05
33Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized
34Steve Fisher (USA) Rad Racing Nw-Hagens Berman Llp0:05:37
35Tom Burke (USA) Specialized Michigan-2laps
36Jonathan Baker (USA) Hudz-Subaru-3laps
37Luca Damiani (Ita) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Geargrinder
38Erik Hamilton (USA)
39Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com p/b Blue
40James Lalonde (USA) Planet Bike
41Jared Stafford (Can) Bikesports Racing
42Molly Cameron (USA) Portland Bicycle Studio
43Kevin McConnell (USA) mercy-specialized
44Mike Sherer (USA) The Pony Shop
45William Butcher (USA) Team Magnus
46Andrew Reardon (USA) Van Dessel / Real Design
47Clayton Omer (USA) Papa Johns' Racing Team
48Zachary Edwards (USA) DRT Racing
49Michael Hemme (USA) Courage
50Mike Kennedy (USA) Bob's Red Mill
51Jordan Roessingh (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team/Nova Cycle-4laps
52Isaac Neff (USA) Alderfer Bergen
53Josh Johnson (USA) DRT Racing
54Adam Mills (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team-5laps
55Logan Vonbokel (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge
56Scott McLaughlin (USA) SRAM Factory Team
57Lee Unwin (USA) CycleOps-6laps
58Bill Street (USA) Sisu custom cycles
59Jake Helmbrecht (USA) Freewheel Bike
60Gregg Shanefelt (USA) ZWS/Cyclesport
DNFEzra Taylor (USA) Peacock Groove
DNFRyan Trebon (USA) Kona
DNFChristopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus

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