Kwiatkowski Soloes to Victory in Strade Bianche
23-year-old Polish national champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep) earlier this afternoon won Strade Bianche 2014, catapulting himself away from his breakaway companion Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in the final meters of the last climb. Sagan held on to finish second and Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar - Canyon Bikes) finished third.
punctures, lending me his wheels. Then Ventoso helped me with the last one."
"Despite all of this I felt really strong in the finale. When Sagan attacked, I was part of a small group and we started climbing slower than the others, who rushed past us from behind. In such moments hesitation is damaging and it's crucial to not let them go. I followed Cancellara's wheel and wasn't really thinking the riders would open such a big gap. Even though we tried to reach Kwiatkowski and Sagan, it wasn't possible anymore. I'm happy with the legs I had today and content with my performance," Valverde concluded.
This year's Strade Bianche winner Kwiatkowski is looking forward to the 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico which will be an important test race for him while joining teammates such as Mark Cavendish and German time trial world champion Tony Martin.
Now, in this year's Tirreno-Adriatico, I want to do my best again. We will see what happens. I finished 4th last year. We will have some good guys with Cavendish, Martin, Rigoberto Uran. We have a good lineup. My focus has been on General Classifications of races this year. Tirreno-Adriatico will be one of the best checks for how I am doing this year," Kwiatkowski projected.
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