Zipp 'Crossers Sweep up USGP Finale
Going into the final weekend of the Greenware® US Gran Prix of Cyclocross, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com's Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers were the only riders still in contention for the overall championship, with TJ holding a slight edge in the series standings. But after winning both days in the Portland finale, it was J-Powers who walked off with the series win.
In Saturday's race, Jeremy broke away with Kona's Ryan Trebon and cruised to the finish after Trebon suffered a mechanical, while Tim soldiered through an off-day to finish third. The teammates then started on Sunday tied on points and with Powers in the leader's jersey. After an hour of gritty racing, neither rider could put the other away, until Powers finally gained the upper hand over the last set of barriers.
When the mud settled, riders on Zipp 303s occupied the top 4 spots in the USGP overall standings. After Jeremy and Tim, Specialized's Todd Wells finished third overall with Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com's Jamey Driscoll in fourth.
California Giant-Specialized's Meredith Miller and Jeremy Ferguson rode consistently throughout the series and took second place in the women's and U23 standings.
Meanwhile, Katie Compton opted out of the STANLEY Portland Cup after winning her second World Cup race of the season on November 27 in Koksijde, Belgium.
Zipp's top 'cross racers are now focused on this weekend's US national championships in Bend, Oregon, before their final build-up to the World Championships.
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