Etixx-Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere confirms that world champion Michal Kwiatkowski will leave the team at the end of the year, with Team Sky most likely to sign him

World champion Michal Kwiatkowski will leave Etixx-Quick-Step at the end of the season, team boss Patrick Lefevere confirmed to Sporza on the second Tour de France rest day.

One of the reasons for the Pole’s departure is his desire to go after the general classification at the Tour, which Lefevere wasn’t keen for him to do.

Kwiatkowski is reportedly likely to join Team Sky, from who he has already received an offer from. He said before the Tour that he would prefer to stay at Etixx, but has seemingly had a change of heart.

“Two years ago Kwiatkowski completely cracked in order to be eleventh in the Tour. That’s why I advised him not to go for GC. He was pretty mad at me,” Lefevere told Sporza.

“That’s one of the reasons that Kwiatkowski will leave us. But a rider is like a car. You can have a big engine but you also have your body. If he is 10 kilograms heavier than the real climbers, Quintana will always drop him.”

If he joins Team Sky it’s unlikely that Kwiatkowski will be given free rein to go for the GC in the Tour, but he would undoubtedly lead the team in the Ardennes Classics.

Under UCI regulations, teams and riders cannot discuss transfers until August 1, although negotiations between agents often happens well before that date.
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  • The Cavs last most successful season…was with Sky 2012. Etixx completely different team, but not great for Cav either. I also think that Nico is just as good now as he was with Saxo. Not a great move if Kwia wants to be GC, but would be great for sky to add some of the spring classics to the grand tour wint they have. Some boy Kwia like. Pleased hes coming to help out!!

  • Mike

    Good move? I don’t think so – maybe a question for Nico Roche who has gone from contender to cannon fodder! Some great riders at Sky, but the ethos doesn’t fit for certain riders – the Cavendish experience being a good example……

  • Sean

    A terrible hugely successful team? It is a terrible move, but not a terrible team.

  • Joe Hill

    Guessing Etixx wanted him off the wage bill. Sky need an Ardennes guy, and he could contend in the right grand tour (e.g. Giro/Vuelta with lots of TT then defend in the high hills).

  • noob_sauce

    I don’t see this being a good move for him either. I don’t think he can be a top GC contender unless he undergoes some big Wiggins type transformation.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Sky is bad move a terrible team

  • Aurelio

    It is a bad move if he is looking to be a GC rider. Team Sky already have Froome and Thomas and just signed Landa. To be a leader in the Ardennes he could have stayed with Etixx.