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Michał Kwiatkowski
Fourmies - Grand Prix de Fourmies, 6 septembre 2015 (B087).JPG
Kwiatkowski at the 2015 Grand Prix de Fourmies
Personal information
Full name Michał Kwiatkowski
Nickname Flowerman, Kwiatek,[1] Kwiato, Flower Power, Kwiatpolski
Born (1990-06-02) 2 June 1990 (age 26)
Chełmża, Poland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2009 MG Kvis – Norda Pacific
2010 Caja Rural
2011 Team RadioShack
2012–2015 Omega Pharma–Quick-Step[2][3]
2016– Team Sky
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2016)
Stage races
Volta ao Algarve (2014)

One-day races and Classics

World Road Race Championships (2014)
National Road Race Championships (2013)
National Time Trial Championships (2014)
Milan–San Remo (2017)
Amstel Gold Race (2015)
E3 Harelbeke (2016)
Strade Bianche (2014, 2017)

Michał Kwiatkowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmixaw kfjatˈkɔfski], born 2 June 1990) is a Polish professional road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTeam Team Sky.[4] Kwiatkowski is seen as a strong all rounder, with good sprinting, time-trialling and climbing abilities allowing him to win both stage races and one day classics. His talent was shown early in his career, winning the World Junior Time Trial Championships in 2008. In 2014, Kwiatkowski became the world elite road race champion, and he was also a member of the Omega Pharma–Quick-Step team that won the 2013 World Team Time Trial Championships. In 2017 he won his first 'Monument', the 2017 Milan-San Remo.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kwiatkowski is a double European champion, winning the road race in 2007 and the individual time trial in 2008. In 2009 he became national road champion in the under-23 category, and he also won a stage of the Okolo Slovenska. 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 (2012–2015)[edit]

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 the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen. He also finished second overall in his home race, the Tour de Pologne, and eighth overall in the Eneco Tour.

2013[edit]

Kwiatkowski wearing the white jersey of young rider classification leader at the 2013 Tour de France; Kwiatkowski held the classification lead for ten days during the race, and finished third in those standings behind Nairo Quintana and Andrew Talansky.

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 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 the 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 time trial, 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.[5] Even though he lost the white jersey, he still managed to finish 11th in his Tour debut.[6]

2014[edit]

Kwiatkowski on the podium after winning the 2014 UCI World Road Race Championships

In 2014, Kwiatkowski won the Italian Classic Strade Bianche. He followed a strong attack from Peter Sagan with 20 kilometres (12 miles) to go and the pair cooperated well until Kwiatkowski dropped Sagan on the final climb to Siena.[7] He placed on the third step of the podium in Liège–Bastogne–Liège as well as in La Flèche Wallonne and fifth in the 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.[8] Overall he placed second in the general classification and first in the points classification.[9]

Later that same month he became the first Polish cyclist to win the UCI Road Race World Championships. Kwiatkowski made a solo attack about 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) 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.[10] After the race, Kwiatkowski posted his winning ride on Strava, which helped determine his statistics for the event. He climbed 5,106 metres (16,752 feet) and burned 6,338 kilocalories (26,520 kilojoules) during the course of 6:29:45,[11] producing an average power of 240 watts with an average heartbeat of 148 beats per minute.[12] He rode his first race in the rainbow jersey at Il Lombardia and finished 77th.[13]

2015[edit]

Kwiatkowski, wearing the rainbow jersey as the incumbent world champion, at the 2015 Tour de France

Being reigning world champion, Kwiatkowski tended to start the 2015 year with a less aggressive approach than 2014 for the bigger race later on in the year.[14] He used the Volta ao Algarve and Paris–Nice as warm up races to prepare for the classics campaign, finishing second overall in both events. In April, Kwiatkowski earned a prestigious victory at the Amstel Gold Race. After the last climb of the Cauberg, he had to work to join a small group led by Philippe Gilbert. Before the finish line, a regrouping of about fifteen riders formed and Kwiatkowski outsprinted them to add the Dutch classic to his palmarès.[15]

He abandoned the 2015 Tour de France during Stage 17.[16]

Team Sky (2016–)[edit]

2016[edit]

On 27 September 2015, Team Sky announced the signing of Kwiatkowski for the 2016 season.[4]

On 25 March 2016, Kwiatkowski won his first cobbled classic, E3 Harelbeke, by outsprinting Peter Sagan after the pair broke away from an elite group with 30 kilometres (19 miles) remaining.[17]

He was named in the startlist for the 2016 Vuelta a España,[18] After Team Sky won the opening time trial, Kwiatkowski took the race leader's Red Jersey after finishing fourth on Stage 2. However, he lost the race lead to Movistar's Ruben Fernandez the following day, and abandoned on stage 7 with a back injury.[19] This marked a culmination of a difficult season for Kwiatwoski, after illnesses earlier in the year had wrecked his Ardennes classics campaign and led to him missing out on selection for the 2016 Tour de France.[20]

2017[edit]

Michał Kwiatkowski winning the 2017 Milan-San Remo by narrowly outsprinting Peter Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe on the Via Roma.

On 4 March 2017, Kwiatkowski won the 2017 Strade Bianche after attacking from a group of four race favourites with around 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) remaining and he was able to solo away to the race victory in Siena. By doing so, he became the second rider, after Fabian Cancellara, to win multiple editions of the race.[21]

Later that month, Kwiatkowski won the 2017 Milan-San Remo in a three-up sprint finish ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe) and Quick-Step Floors rider Julian Alaphilippe after the trio broke clear on the race's final climb – the Poggio di San Remo.[22] This was his first victory on one of the Monuments.

On 16 April, Kwiatkowski took second place in the 2017 Amstel Gold Race after being defeated by Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) in a two-up sprint finish.[23]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2007
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Road race, European Junior Road Championships
2008
1st Jersey rainbow chrono.svg Time trial, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Time trial, European Junior Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
2009
1st MaillotPolonia.PNG Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st Stage 2 Okolo Slovenska
4th Memoriał Henryka Łasaka
4th Gran Premio della Liberazione
7th Giro del Mendrisiotto
10th Coupe des Carpathes
2010
4th Overall Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
7th Overall Volta ao Alentejo
10th Gran Premio de Llodio
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 Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
8th Overall Eneco Tour
2013
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
National Road Championships
1st MaillotPolonia.PNG Road race
2nd Time trial
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
Tour de France
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 2–7, 11–14
2014
UCI Road World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Road race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team time trial
1st MaillotPolonia.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stages 2 & 3 (ITT)
1st Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
1st Strade Bianche
1st Prologue 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 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
2015
1st Amstel Gold Race
UCI Road World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team time trial
8th Road race
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Prologue
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
4th Dwars door Vlaanderen
8th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
Tour de France
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stages 2 & 12
2016
1st E3 Harelbeke
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held Jersey red.svg after Stage 2
2nd Trofeo Pollenca-Port de Andratx
2nd Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
8th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2017
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Strade Bianche
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
2nd Amstel Gold Race
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th La Flèche Wallonne

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Pink jersey Giro d'Italia 136
Yellow jersey Tour de France 11 28 DNF
red jersey Vuelta a España DNF
Major stage race general classification results
Stage races 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Yellow jersey Paris–Nice 2
blue jersey Tirreno–Adriatico 4 18 8 27
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya
Yellow jersey Tour of the Basque Country 2 8 30
Yellow jersey Tour de Romandie DNF DNF
Yellow jersey Critérium du Dauphiné DNF DNF DNF
Yellow jersey Tour de Suisse 71

Classics results timeline[edit]

Monuments results timeline
Monument 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Milan–San Remo DNF DNF 67 40 1
Tour of Flanders 40 27
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège DNF 92 3 21 36 3
Giro di Lombardia DNF DNF 77 54
Classics results timeline
Classic 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Strade Bianche 1 20 1
Dwars door Vlaanderen 4
E3 Harelbeke 82 1
Gent–Wevelgem 75
Amstel Gold Race DNF 4 5 1 DNF 2
La Flèche Wallonne DNF 5 3 33 7
Clásica de San Sebastián 107
Paris–Tours 82

Major championships timeline[edit]

Event 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Olympic Games Time trial Not Held Not Held 14
Road race 60 62
World Championships Time trial 48 24
Road race 31 DNF 1 8
MaillotPolonia.PNG National Championships Time trial 21 2 2 1
Road race 16 1 21 57 25

Personal awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  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. ^ a b "Michal Kwiatkowski signs for Team Sky from Etixx - Quick-Step". Sky Sports. Sky UK. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
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  7. ^ "Michal Kwiatkowski takes Strade Bianche from Peter Sagan". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Barry Ryan (10 September 2014). "Kwiatkowski wins stage 4 in Tour of Britain". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kittel wins final Tour of Britain stage". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "World Championships: Michal Kwiatkowski wins road race gold". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
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  19. ^ "71st Vuelta a España: Stage 7 » Maceda › Puebla de Sanabria". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  20. ^ http://www.skysports.com/cycling/news/15264/10626119/michal-kwiatkowski-keen-to-end-illness-and-injury-plagued-season
  21. ^ "Kwiatkowski gives Sky Strade Bianche tonic". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Agence France-Presse. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  22. ^ Robertshaw, Henry (18 March 2017). "Brilliant Michal Kwiatkowski edges out Peter Sagan to win Milan-San Remo 2017". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  23. ^ Windsor, Richard (16 April 2017). "Philippe Gilbert beats Michal Kwiatkowski to victory at Amstel Gold Race". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Kwiatkowski Won International Flandrien Award 2014". Quick-Step Floors. Quick-Step Floors. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  25. ^ "To podziękowanie nie tylko od prezydenta, ale od całej Polski.". 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 

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