March 19, 2017
Kwiatowski wins Milano - San Remo 2017
Sky's Michel Kwiatowski outpaced Peter Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe to take Milan San Remo this weekend.
Michal Kwiatkowski became the first Polish winner of Milano-Sanremo Namedsport after he out-sprinted Peter Sagan – the man who followed Kwiatkowski's 2014 rainbow jersey with two of his own in 2015 and 2016 – and Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, who was making his debut in La Primavera. Sagan who launched a huge attack on the Poggio, led the trio on the downhill to stay ahead of a charging. While Sagan too the initiative in the closing few hindred metres peloton it was Kwiatkowski who timed his sprint to perfection to claim his first Monument.
Kwiatowski in the lead: Photo RCS
Kwiatkowski’s win is Team Sky's second Monument victory after Wout Poels victory in last year’s edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The victory come just two weeks after Kwiatkowski’s win at Strade Bianche and continues his brilliant start to 2017.
It is Team Sky’s third ‘winning weekend’ in a row after Sergio Henao sealed victory at Paris Nice last Sunday.
After the race a thrilled Kwiatkowski said:
"Winning Milan-San Remo is an incredible feeling. I'm really thankful for my team-mates. They did an incredible job today. I didn't expect Sagan would go on the Poggio. It looked like it was leading to a bunch sprint.
"I felt pretty strong and it was amazing to be there with Sagan and Alaphilippe. I tried to focus to do my best sprint. It's unbelievable."
1 – Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) – 291km in 7h08’39”, average speed 40.732km/h
2 – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.