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by Shane Stokes
August 9, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Küng wins stage two time trial at the BinckBank Tour; Report: top squads look set to miss world team time trial championships; Kwiatkowski signs on for three more years with Team Sky; Under pressure from USADA, Colorado Classic abandons partnership with Armstrong; Vuelta pays tribute to career of Contador; Report: Trek-Segafredo aiming to replace Contador with Aru; UAE Team Emirates extends with Marcato, Conti and five others; Lingering effects of concussion force Dunbar to end season early; OVO Energy Tour of Britain confirms teams for 2017 edition; CAS confirms UCI’s four year suspension of Oyarzun; Research shows huge health benefits of commuting by bike; Eskapee’s rules for mountain bike riding; Video: Tony Martin falls during BinckBank Tour TT; Video: Tony Martin speaks after his crash; Video: Viviani skilfully avoids time trial fall in BinckBank Tour; Video: Peter Sagan celebrates Monday’s sprint win
On the back of a successful season where he won Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and the Clasica San Sebastian, as well as helping Chris Froome to his fourth Tour de France victory, Michal Kwiatkowski has extended his current contract with Team Sky. The former world champion has extended for three more years, taking him up to the end of the 2020 season.
“I’m really happy that I have the opportunity to re-sign for the next three years,” he stated. “I’ve had great support from the team for the past two seasons – both last year, when I had a really difficult season, and this year, which has been great.
“I’ve only been here for one and a half years, but it feels like far longer. That’s what I need – to feel supported, like part of a family, otherwise it can be difficult. I’m looking forward to the future with Team Sky because I believe it’s the best team for my abilities and I truly believe I can win lots more races in the future here.”
Although Kwiatkowski’s strong Tour de France ride in the services of Froome led to people suggesting that he should himself target a Grand Tour, he said that he feels there is no rush to do so. “Some people would like to put me in a box and say I should go in this direction, or that direction, but I truly believe it’s all about being patient and doing things step-by-step,” he explained.
“If I continue to work on my climbing and time trialling, if I can perform well in one-week stage races like Paris-Nice and the Dauphine, and if there are signs that I could perform well in a Grand Tour, then yes, I will take that chance. I think I am in the best place to do that.” He added that his programme will see him return to racing in the GP Plouay, then target the Tour of Britain, the world championship and Il Lombardia.