Existentialism to euphoria: Michał Kwiatkowski on his 'unexpected' Tour de France mountain stage win

The Ineos Grenadiers rider did not expect to survive out front, but he held off the GC riders to take second Tour stage win

Michał Kwiatkowski with his hand on his head after winning stage 13 of the 2023 Tour de France
(Image credit: Christophe Petit Tesson - Pool/Getty Images)

There was a point, as the breakaway approached the Grand Colombier on stage 13 of the Tour de France, that Michał Kwiatkowski appeared to get all existential. It is impossible to say whether the Ineos Grenadiers rider is a fan or reader of Jean-Paul Sartre or Søren Kierkegaard, but he was certainly questioning why he was there, why he was in a 16-man group heading into only the second mountain-top finish of this year's race.

"Throughout the entire day I was thinking about what I was here for, what my objective to be in this breakaway was," the Pole explained post-stage. "We were aiming for a stage win in many other stages, and this one came completely unexpected. I never thought that out of this group I was going to fight for this stage win, because the advantage was really small."

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