Jensen and Adams Represent King Atop Leaderboard at Cumberland Classic
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – King College Cycling featured a pair of winners on the men's in day one action at the Cumberland Classic as Alex Jensen and Blake Adams each took first place in their respective road race events. King continued to ride well as a team in Sunday's criterium events placing four riders inside the top-10 in their respective events.
Jensen, native of Tampa, Fla., rode the men's cat-A road race and defeated a host of regional opponents and a pair of NCAA Division I riders from Clemson University en route to the first place finish. He edged out Ryan Sullivan from host Cumberland University and rode to his first win of the season. Teammate Julian Cabra (Greenville, S.C.) rode to an eighth place finish while Tim Killelea (Redbank, Tenn.) finished inside the top half of the competition with the 15th place finish.
Blake Adams (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) beat out a host of Georgian riders from various institutions in his second consecutive road race win of the season and of his career. The next nearest regional competitor in the cat-C/D finished ninth from Brevard College, where two more King riders were racing on his heels. Bradley Hughes (Gray, Tenn.) and Reid Yoder (Hoagland, Ind.) finished 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 'C/D' race. Hughes and Yoder avoided a crash at the finish in the sprint to secure their places.
On the women's side, the duo of Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Amanda Komestat (Williamson, Ga.) again led the pack of female riders in the cat-A/B race. Cucaz and Komestat rode well together finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.
Sunday's criterium action saw stellar performances from a host of Tornado riders. Julian Cabra and Brent Baker who both placed inside the top-10 of the men's 'A' crit, while two additional male riders finished inside the top-15 in a 31-person field. Cabra finished third overall in the men's 'A' crit while Baker followed closely crossing the line with a seventh place finish. Baker's not only finished highly but also single handedly brought Cabra back to the lead group after he had fallen off the breakaway. The rest period behind Baker's wheel allowed Cabra to complete the race and secure a podium finish. Zach Nave and Alex Jensen acquired top-15 spots in the event as well, finishing 12th and 15th, respectively.
Blake Adams continued to ride well in day-two action, finishing fifth overall in the 'C' criterium to round out the men's side. Amanda Komestat led the ladies finishing sixth overall in the women's 'A' crit while teammate Stephanie Cucaz also finished inside the top-10 at ninth.
A few of the team members will travel to Dalton State (March 17-18) to compete in the events there while the full team will travel at the month to the University of Georgia on March 31.