Michał Kwiatkowski (cyclist)

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Michał Kwiatkowski
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Kwiatkowski at the 2012 Tour de Pologne.
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 Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2009
2010
2011
2012–
MG Kvis – Norda Pacific
Caja Rural
Team RadioShack
Omega Pharma-Quick Step[2]
Major wins
Stage races
Volta ao Algarve (2014)
Single-day races
Strade Bianche (2014)
World Team Time Trial Championships (2013)
National Road Race Championships (2013)
National Time Trial Championships (2014)
Infobox last updated on
11 July 2014

Michał Kwiatkowski (born 2 June 1990) is a Polish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step.[3] Kwiatkowski is seen as a strong all rounder, with strong sprinting and climbing abilities, as well as being a former junior world champion time trialist.

Career[edit]

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 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 winning the young rider classification, after proving one of the strongest climbers 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.

Palmares[edit]

2007
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Junior Road Race Championships
2nd European Junior Time Trial Championships
2008
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
2009
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
2010
4th Overall Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
7th Overall Volta ao Alentejo
2011
3rd Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
3rd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
6th Grand Prix de Wallonie
2012
1st Prologue Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
8th Overall Eneco Tour
2013
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
2014
Tour de France
Jersey white.svg Held on Stage 8
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
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Amstel Gold Race
7th Trofeo Ses Salines

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 IP
Points classification 8 IP
Youth classification 3 IP
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
2011 - 75th - - - - - - 82nd -
2012 - - - - DNF DNF DNF - - -
2013 DNF - 40th - 4th 5th 92nd - - DNF
2014 DNF - - - 5th 3rd 3rd

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

References[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. 

External links[edit]

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