Michał Kwiatkowski (cyclist)

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Michał Kwiatkowski
Michał Kwiatkowski 2014 UCI.jpg
Kwiatkowski after winning the 2014 UCI Road World Championships
Personal information
Full name Michał Kwiatkowski
Nickname Flowerman, Kwiatek,[1] Kwiato, Flower Power, Kwiatpolski
Born (1990-06-02) 2 June 1990 (age 24)
Działyń, Poland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Team information
Current team Etixx-Quick Step
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2009 MG Kvis – Norda Pacific
2010 Caja Rural
2011 Team RadioShack
2012– Omega Pharma-Quick Step[2]
Major wins
Stage races
Volta ao Algarve (2014)

One-day races and Classics

World Road Race Championships (2014)
World Team Time Trial Championships (2013)
National Road Race Championships (2013)
National Time Trial Championships (2014)
Strade Bianche (2014)
Infobox last updated on
28 Sep 2014

Michał Kwiatkowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmixaw kfjatˈkɔfski], born 2 June 1990) is a Polish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Etixx-Quick Step.[3] Kwiatkowski is seen as a strong all rounder, with good sprinting and climbing abilities. His talent was shown in early career winning the World Junior Time Trial. In 2014, Kwiatkowski became the world champion of elite men's road race at the age of 24. He was also a member in the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step World Team Time Trial winning team in 2013.


Early career[edit]

Kwiatkowski is a double European champion (road race 2007, time trial 2008). In 2009 he became national road champion in the under-23 category. He also won a stage of the Tour de Slovaquie. He turned professional in 2010 with Caja Rural and in 2011 joined Team RadioShack, and placed third overall in the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, the Three Days of De Panne and the Tour du Poitou-Charentes.

Omega Pharma-Quick Step (2012–)[edit]

Kwiatkowski in the White Jersey at the 2013 Tour de France

Kwiatkowski moved to Omega Pharma-Quick Step for the 2012 season. He impressed in his first year with the team, winning the prologue of Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen. He also finished second overall in his home race, the Tour de Pologne, and eighth overall in the Eneco Tour.


Kwiatkowski began the 2013 season in excellent form, placing second overall in the Volta ao Algarve. He then finished fourth overall in Tirreno-Adriatico, and won the young rider classification, after proving one of the strongest climber in the race. He finished fourth at the summit finish of Prati di Tivo to take the overall race lead from team-mate Mark Cavendish, before surrendering it the next day. Kwiatkowski then rode a strong classics campaign, placing fourth in the Amstel Gold Race and fifth in La Flèche Wallonne. In June, he won his senior National Road Race Championships for the first time.

Kwiatkowski's excellent form saw him selected to ride the Tour de France. He wore the white jersey – of young rider classification leader – in the first week after coming third on Stage 2 and fourth on Stage 3, both reduced bunch sprints. On Stage 7 he came in fourth again. On Stage 9 (a high mountain stage) he reached the podium once again. With a strong ITT he was able to regain the white jersey of the young rider classification on Stage 11, but lost the lead shortly after to Nairo Quintana.[4] Even though he lost the white jersey, he still managed to finish 11th in his Tour debut.[5]


In 2014, Kwiatkowski won the Italian Classic Strade Bianche. He followed a strong attack from Peter Sagan with 20 kilometers to go and the pair cooperated well until Kwiatkowski dropped Sagan on the final climb to Siena.[6] He placed on the third step of the podium in the Liège–Bastogne–Liège as well as in La Flèche Wallonne and fifth in Amstel Gold Race.

In September, he grabbed the leader's jersey of the Tour of Britain by winning the fourth Stage in a select group sprint of 6 riders.[7] Overall he placed second in the general classification and first in the points classification.[8]

Kwiatkowski wearing the Polish national champions skinsuit at the 2015 Paris–Nice.

Later that same month he became the first Polish cyclist to win the UCI Road Race World Championship. Kwiatkowski made a solo attack about seven km from the finish line on a downhill section. Despite a late chase, he was able to hold the lead and coast across the finish line, winning the rainbow jersey.[9] After the race, Kwiatkowski posted his winning ride on Strava, which helped determine his statistics for the event. He climbed 5 106 meters and burned 6 338 kilocalories during the course of 6:29:45,[10] producing an average power of 240 watts with an average heartbeat of 148 beats per minute.[11] He rode his first race in the rainbow jersey at Il Lombardia and finished 77th.[12]


Being reining world champion, Kwiatkowski tended to start the 2015 year with a less aggressive approach than 2014 for the bigger race later on.[13] He used Volta ao Algarve and Paris–Nice as a warm up race to prepare the classics campaign, where he finished 2nd overall in both events.


1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Junior Road Race Championships
2nd European Junior Time Trial Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Junior Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotMundial.PNG World Junior Time Trial Championships
3rd European Junior Track Championships - Points Race
1st MaillotPolonia.PNG National U23 Road Race Championships
1st Stage 2 Tour de Slovaquie
4th Memorial Henryka Lasaka
4th Gran Premio della Liberazione
7th Giro del Mendrisiotto
10th Puchar Uzdrowisk Karpackich
4th Overall Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
7th Overall Volta ao Alentejo
3rd Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
3rd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
6th Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Prologue Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
8th Overall Eneco Tour
1st MaillotMundial.PNG World Team Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotPolonia.PNG National Road Race Championships
2nd National Time Trial Championships
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
4th Amstel Gold Race
5th La Flèche Wallonne
5th Grand Prix de Wallonie
11th Overall Tour de France
Jersey white.svg Held on Stages 2–7, 11–14
1st MaillotMundial.PNG World Road Race Championships
1st MaillotPolonia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stages 2 & 3 (ITT)
1st Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
1st Strade Bianche
1st Prologue (ITT) Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stage 4
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World Team Time Trial Championships
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Amstel Gold Race
7th Trofeo Ses Salines
Tour de France
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 8–9
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Prologue (ITT)
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
2nd Stage 4
4th Stage 3
5th Stage 2
9th Stage 1
4th Dwars door Vlaanderen

Grand Tour GC Results Timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro d'Italia 136
Points classification 74
Youth classification 37
Yellow jersey Tour de France 11 28
Points classification 8 32
Mountains classification 26
Youth classification 3 3
red jersey Vuelta a España
Points classification
Youth classification

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Classics Results Timeline[edit]

Year Milan – San Remo Gent–Wevelgem Tour of Flanders Paris–Roubaix Amstel Gold Race La Flèche Wallonne Liège–Bastogne–Liège Clásica de San Sebastián Paris–Tours Giro di Lombardia Road World Championships
2011 - 75th - - - - - - 82nd DNF 31st
2012 - - - - DNF DNF DNF - - - -
2013 DNF - 40th - 4th 5th 92nd - - DNF DNF
2014 DNF - - - 5th 3rd 3rd - - 77th 1st
2015 67th

DNF = Did not finish; - = Did not compete

National Championships Timeline[edit]

Year Road race Time trial
2011 - 21st
2012 16th 2nd
2013 MaillotPolonia.PNG 2nd
2014 21st MaillotPolonia.PNG

Personal Adwards[edit]


  1. ^ "Michal Kwiatkowski". Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Decolef. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Philippon, Alexandre (5 August 2011). "Omega Pharma – Quick Step recrute Golas" [Omega Pharma – Quick Step recruits Golas]. Velochrono.fr (in French) (Velochrono). Retrieved 4 January 2012. Ce vendredi, la future équipe Omega Pharma – Quick Step a officialisé la venue de Michal Kwiatkowski pour 2012, mais aussi celle d’un autre Polonais, Michal Golas. [This Friday, the future Omega Pharma – Quick Step has formalized the arrival of Michal Kwiatkowski for 2012, but also that of another Pole, Michal Golas] 
  3. ^ "Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team (OPQ) - BEL". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Peter Cossins (13 July 2013). "Froome crowned king of Mont Ventoux". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tour de France 2013: final race details and standings". The Guardian (Telegraph Media Group Limited 2014). 21 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Michal Kwiatkowski takes Strade Bianche from Peter Sagan". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 8 March 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Barry Ryan (10 September 2014). "Kwiatkowski wins stage 4 in Tour of Britain". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Kittel wins final Tour of Britain stage". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 14 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "World Championships: Michal Kwiatkowski wins road race gold". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 28 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Worlds shorts: Kwiatkowski's ride on Strava, Cancellara, and Lefevere". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 29 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Power meter analysis: Kwiatkowski’s World Champs win". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Sports & Leisure network). 6 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Results: 2014 Il Lombardia". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 5 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kwiatkowski sets sights on Tour de France". Cyclingquotes. 10 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Kwiatkowski Won International Flandrien Award 2014". Etixx-Quick Step (Etixx-Quick Step). 16 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "To podziękowanie nie tylko od prezydenta, ale od całej Polski.". 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 

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