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by Shane Stokes
January 27, 2018
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Having won Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and Clasica San Sebastian in 2017, former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski is looking to further expand his palmares in key single-day events in 2018. The Team Sky rider will target the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège this April, and will commence his racing buildup soon in the Vuelta a Valenciana.
“I was just missing cobbles,” he said. “The Classics for me are pure racing and Tour of Flanders is just an amazing race. I was able to race there before, and also for Team Sky in 2016. The week before that I won (E3) Harelbeke and I was one of the favourites for the win.
“I believe I have the ability to fight for the victory. Whatever happens there, together with my teammates, whoever is going to be there, we are able to be there as favourites and future winners. That’s why I want to be a part of it.”
When on form, the Polish rider is one of the best in the sport and he said that making improvements is a key goal. “Of course it can be difficult to repeat the results I got in 2017, but of course I will be there to train harder, to race better and to race smarter. Let’s hope that will bring even more victories than I had.
“If you look at my race calendar for sure that’s going to be quite similar to the previous season. Of course in the first part I’d love to aim to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege – a race I still haven’t been able to win in my career. That’s going to be the first big goal. On top of that races like Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo again. That’s the first part of the year, and then there’s the Tour. I’d love to be back racing with Team Sky for the victory.”