'We’re inspired by him': Kwiatkowski pays tribute to Nico Portal after perfect team performance at Tour de France

Kwiatkowski says he'll now help his team-mate Richard Carapaz defend the polka-dot jersey after he was given the stage 18 victory

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Michał Kwiatkowski ensured Ineos won't leave this Tour de France empty-handed after riding to the stage 17 victory alongside team-mate Richard Carapaz.

In an emotional press conference, the Polish rider spoke of how he'll now fight to keep the polka dot jersey on Carapaz's back, having won enough points to overhaul Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), as well as dedicating the victory to Nicolas Portal, saying their former sports director is always on the team's mind.

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