Michal Kwiatkowski disappointed after unsuccessful Worlds defence

The outgoing champion says he didn't have anything left to compete in the final sprint to try and take a podium spot behind winner Peter Sagan

27 September 2015
Road World Championships (Richmond, USA)
Men Elite
KWIATKOWSKI Michal (POL) Etixx - Quickstep
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Michal Kwiatkowski was left disappointed on Sunday after failing to defend his World Championship title, as he aimed to become the first man since Paolo Bettini in 2007 to secure two consecutive years in the rainbow jersey.

The Pole finished in eighth place in the end, finishing in the second group three seconds behind winner Peter Sagan (Slovakia), and says he was unable to really contest the final sprint for a potential podium place after the long 259km day in the saddle.

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Richard Windsor

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