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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.

Mens Finish

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.”

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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

Mens KOM

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.”

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.