Michal Kwiatkowski targets second career Monument glory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2019

The Team Sky all-rounder has a clear vision for the new season

Michal Kwiatkowski at the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Michal Kwiatkowski is targeting a second Monument to add to his already glowing palmarès at this year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

The Polish national champion has been consistently strong in the Ardennes throughout his career and is hoping to improve on his past podium finishes.

As well as a strong Classics showing, Kwiatkowski is also looking ahead to the Tour de France and the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships, where he hopes to compete for a second rainbow jersey.

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The 28-year-old Team Sky all-rounder said: “My main goal for the first part of the season is to be in the best shape possible for the Ardennes.

“Let’s hope I can be up there amongst the best riders to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

“There are some races which you chase for a very long time and want to win, like Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which I still want to win one day.

“It was the same with Milan-San Remo until I won it in 2017 and it was the same situation with the Tour of Poland.”

Kwiatkowski has shown his versatility in recent years, with wins in Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and San Sebastian in 2017, followed by general classification wins at Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour of Poland and Volta ao Algarve last year.

He has also been a powerful asset for Team Sky at the Tour de France, supporting Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas to yellow jersey triumph.

In 2018, he was given his first chance at GC leadership during the Vuelta a España, holding the red jersey for three days before crashes hampered his overall hopes.

Kwiatkowski said: “On reflection, the 2018 season was amazing for me, winning three stage races, which was a big thing for me.

“Winning stage races was not my main goal, but it was great to get such great results and get the first wins for Team Sky.”

The 2014 World Champion will start his 2019 season slightly later at the UAE Tour in February, followed by Paris-Nice and Pais Vasco.

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Kwiatkowski said he would also be keen to race the Tour de Yorkshire in May ahead of the Worlds later this year.

He said: “It’s in my race programme to do the Worlds in Yorkshire, and looking at the World Championship course, which is nearly 300km, I would like to be in the best shape to compete with the best riders in the world.

“I know it’s going to be a difficult race and the weather at that time of year in that part of England can play a big role.

“One of the possibilities would be to race the Tour de Yorkshire to prepare, but coming so soon after the Ardennes – and with me wanting to be fresh for the Tour de France – it depends how the season goes to whether it fits in around my spring programme.”

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