Carlos Barbero Cuesta Strongest – 2015 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic
Although this year’s men’s race lacked the star power of the women’s race, the conclusion was just as thrilling. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) won the race to the cheers of the crowds and the roar of the Fuji Bicycles, a Philadelphia-based company and the bicycle sponsor of the Caja Rural-Suguros RGA team, party at the top of the wall in Manayunk.
Michael Woods (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies) finished in 2nd and Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing Team) placed 3rd. Adam De Vos of H&R Block Pro Cycling took home the King of the Mountain (KOM) crown. Skujins Teammate and Philadelphia native, Robin Carpenter, collected the most points to win the sprinter’s award, finishing the race while offering high-fives to the fans during his last climb up the Manayunk Wall.
“The race yesterday was incredibly exciting all day,” said Carpenter. “It seemed like the race was over before it ever began. I was on the attack all day and was in the front group for nearly the whole race, representing my team in the breaks while putting pressure on other teams to chase. The sprint jersey wasn’t necessarily my objective but I think it’s a just reward for being at the front of the race all day.”
Results – 2015 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic
1. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
2. Michael Woods (CAN) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
3. Toms Skujins (LAT) Hincapie Racing Team
Sprinter – Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
KOM – Adam De Vos (CAN) H&R Block Pro Cycling
“Philadelphia is known as a sports city, and we’re increasingly gaining the reputation as a cycling city for professionals and amateurs alike,” said Mayor Nutter. “This year’s Philadelphia International Cycling Classic brought back the UCI Road Women’s World Cup event, and I thank UCI President Brian Cookson and his team for choosing to bring this prestigious event to our great city. Sunday was a great day for pro cycling and race fans in the City of Philadelphia.”