Michal Kwiatkowski: my year as world champion

The 24-year-old’s all-round ability helped him slip the pack to take an epic solo World Championship win in Ponferrada last year. He spoke to CW about life with the rainbow bands and his imminent title defence

Photo: Geoff Waugh

When Michal Kwiatkowski slipped away for a solo victory at last year’s World Championship road race in Ponferrada, Spain, he was widely regarded as a rider worthy of the stripes.

Although just 24 years of age at the time, the Pole had already shown himself as a talented all-rounder who can do everything from win in the hills, power through time trials and be an essential component at the sharp end of Mark Cavendish’s lead-out train.

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