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Michał Kwiatkowski

Michał Kwiatkowski (Polish pronunciation: , born 2 June 1990) is a Polish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam .[1] 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.

Career

Early career

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 and in 2011 joined , 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–)

Kwiatkowski moved to 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.[2] Even though he lost the white jersey, he still managed to finish 11th in his Tour debut.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] Overall he placed second in the general classification and first in the points classification.[6]

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.[7] 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,[8] producing an average power of 240 watts with an average heartbeat of 148 beats per minute.[9] He rode his first race in the rainbow jersey at Il Lombardia and finished 77th.[10]

Palmares

2007
1st European Junior Road Race Championships
2nd European Junior Time Trial Championships
2008
1st European Junior Time Trial Championships
1st World Junior Time Trial Championships
3rd European Junior Track Championships - Points Race
2009
1st 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 World Team Time Trial Championships
1st National Road Race Championships
2nd National Time Trial Championships
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st 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
Held on Stages 2–7, 11–14
2014
1st World Road Race Championships
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st 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 Points classification
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Points classification
1st Stage 4
3rd 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 after Stages 8–9

Grand Tour GC Results Timeline

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

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Classics Results Timeline

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

DNF = Did not finish; - = Did not compete

National Championships Timeline

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

Personal Adwards

References

  1. ^ "Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team (OPQ) - BEL".  
  2. ^ Peter Cossins (13 July 2013). "Froome crowned king of Mont Ventoux".  
  3. ^ "Tour de France 2013: final race details and standings".  
  4. ^ "Michal Kwiatkowski takes Strade Bianche from Peter Sagan". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 8 March 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Barry Ryan (10 September 2014). "Kwiatkowski wins stage 4 in Tour of Britain".  
  6. ^ "Kittel wins final Tour of Britain stage".  
  7. ^ "World Championships: Michal Kwiatkowski wins road race gold".  
  8. ^ "Worlds shorts: Kwiatkowski's ride on Strava, Cancellara, and Lefevere".  
  9. ^ "Power meter analysis: Kwiatkowski’s World Champs win".  
  10. ^ "Results: 2014 Il Lombardia".  
  11. ^ "Kwiatkowski Won International Flandrien Award 2014". (). 16 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "To podziękowanie nie tylko od prezydenta, ale od całej Polski.". 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Michał Kwiatkowski profile at Cycling Archives
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