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Powers makes it five straight in Bend

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) claimed his fifth consecutive Exergy USGP victory at the Deschutes Cup in Bend, Oregon, putting in another flawless performance to best Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) and Canadian Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain).

Unlike the previous day's head-to-head battle with Tim Johnson where the strongest man won, this time Powers prevailed by capitalizing on the mistakes of his opponents, which on a dry, dusty and rocky course, were plentiful.

It was the second consecutive overall series win for Powers, but the contrast mirrored the day's race, as last year's epic battle with Johnson morphed into a display of consistency that demonstrated a level of maturity in Powers.

"Last year's series was really down to the wire with Tim and it was more dramatic, but it's different. This year I had my second race in the series go really badly. I had bad legs and it was in really nasty mud," Powers said. "Louisville went a lot better for me, and I've been trying to stay as consistent as I can all season. To win back to back to back USGP titles is great. I'm really proud of it.

"I've been working hard at it so long, and if I hadn't won here today I would have still be fine, but today it just felt right. It felt really good to win here. It's something special that I'll look back on."

While conditions were considerably colder than the previous day in Bend and the skies clouded over, the course remained bone dry and rocky, and the dusty surface proved the undoing of a number of top riders.

Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Clement) took the hole shot, but a crash on the second lap knocked him out of the leading group, and Kabush claimed the race lead with a handful of seconds over Johnson, Powers and an impressive Danny Summerhill (Chipotle).

Summerhill bridged across to Kabush, leaving Powers, Driscoll and Rapha-Focus rider Chris Jones chasing as Johnson too suffered a crash on the third lap which jammed his chain and left him half a minute behind.

The chasing group had just made the juncture to the two leaders when Summerhill went down in a sharp bend, holding up Kabush and allowing Driscoll a gap that he tried to capitalize on.

"I was on the front so I had a gap and I had to take advantage of it," Driscoll said. "Jeremy was the only one able to get through the carnage and get up to me."

While Powers sat on in hopes that his teammate Jones would join him at the front, Driscoll was forced to set the pace, using up valuable energy as the cold winds began to stiffen.

Despite having to tow Powers around a bit, Driscoll was happy with his performance on the day. "I was riding well today, but Jeremy's stronger than me in addition to being able to sit on my wheel for a couple laps. I was doing everything I could do to only lose so much time, but I'm still very happy with my race."

Powers made his bid for victory in the penultimate lap, and was able to pull out enough of a gap that Driscoll was forced to focus on fending off the push from Kabush, who was riding away from Jones to take the final podium spot and third overall in the USGP series.

"I ran right into Summerhill, and that's when the gap opened up," Kabush explained. "After the crash I had to deal with Jones. But I'm really happy with the podium, and I guess I'm second overall. I really had a good day."

After being pushed to his limit by Johnson on the previous day, Powers said he didn't have the snap to make an impression on the early laps, but that he knew to stay calm and avoid making the kinds of mistakes that were the undoing of Summerhill, Johnson and Berden.

"I felt the others were going over their heads a little and ended up making mistakes. That's one of the things on a course like this one, and in cyclo-cross in general. If they're over their limit they can slide out or crash, and that's when you have to pounce. I was being conservative, certainly, I was trying to be smart as well and use what I had to my best advantage."

While he admitted to waiting for Jones for a time, Powers knew that with the amount of pressure coming from Driscoll, he would have to become the aggressor, and he timed it perfectly.

"I attacked him with two to go and put a little time into him, then I did one last lap as hard as I could. It felt really good to sew this up with two wins in Bend and two in Louisville, it's just awesome."

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha/Focus1:00:41
2James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale Pb Cyclocrossworld.Com
3Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis / Rocky Mountain0:00:23
4Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha/Focus
5Christian Heule (Sui) Cannondale Pb Cyclocrossworld.Com
6Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale Pb Cyclocrossworld.Com
7Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:01:08
8Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue Bicycles
9Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles/Shimano0:01:12
10Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha/Focus
11Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi/Shimano0:01:57
12Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder / Clif Bar0:02:04
13Aaron Bradford (USA) Bay101/Hrs/Rocklobster0:02:16
14Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team0:02:33
15Kevin Noiles (Can) Sportique
16Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:02:51
17Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:02:56
18Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant Cycling
19Jerome Townsend (USA) Smartstop / Mockorangebikes Pb Ridley0:03:09
20Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:03:34
21Mark Mcconnell (Can) Synergy Racing0:03:39
22Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar
23Chris Jackson (USA) Rambuski Law0:03:43
24Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M0:03:48
25Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized Mtb
26Chris Mackay (USA) Realcyclist.Com
27Josh Whitney (USA) Rocky Mounts~Izze0:05:33
28Jake Wells (USA) Stan'S Notubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:05:34
29Scott Tietzel (USA) Plains To Peaks Racing0:05:38
30Damian Schmitt (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside Sports
31Matt Lyons (USA) University Of Denver0:06:18
32Brent Gorman (USA) Speedway Cycles0:06:20
33Cody Peterson (USA)
34Drew Mackenzie (Can) Condo Group/Shimano/Marin-2 laps
35John-Christian Flack (USA) Olympia Orthopaedic Associates-2 laps
36John Behrens (USA) Bailey Bikes-3 laps
37Jason Holbrook (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport-3 laps
38Nathan Bannerman (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue Competitive Cycles-3 laps
39Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team-4 laps
40Scott Chapin (USA) Bay 101/Hrs/Rocklobster-4 laps
41Evan Renwick (USA) Cycle U-Pop Cap-4 laps
42Chris Ellis (USA) Cycling North West-5 laps
43Matthew Fox (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside-6 laps
44James Gentes (USA)-7 laps
DNFBen Berden (Bel) Ops Ale - Stoemper
DNFJustin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.Com / Joe'S Garage
DNFGian Dalle Angelini (USA) Rio Blanco
DNFCarl Decker (USA) Giant
DNFDonald Reeb (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue
DNFJohn Bailey (USA) Bailey Bikes
DNSMitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar
DNSMolly Cameron (USA)
DNSJacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony
DNSJohn Mundelius (USA) Cal Giant/Specialized
DNSAaron Tuckerman (NZl) Corsa Concepts Cyclocross Team
DNSNicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized Mtb
DNSAlex Wentz (USA) Team Oregon P/B Laurelwood Brewing
DNSCole Sprague (USA)

 

Exergy USGP final series standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus332pts
2Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain226
3Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt226
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld206
5Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld177
6Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper133
7Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha Focus107
8Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar93
9Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld92
10Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea90

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Laura Weislo

Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.

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