Michal Kwiatkowski is heading into Strade Bianche boosted by a win he admits he wasn’t expecting at the Volta ao Algarve.
It was a hugely impressive performance from the 27 year old, who arrived in Tuscany 12 months ago on the back of finishing second overall in Algarve. Does going that one step better in 2018 give him an extra spring in his step ahead of the weekend?
“Definitely,” Kwiatkowski tells TeamSky.com. “Having the victory at Algarve in the pocket gives me a boost. As well, it tells me that everything has gone well over the winter. I didn’t expect to race so well in the Algarve but at the end of the day I know how hard I worked and how important this period is, from Strade Bianche until Liege for me.
It was a late call, to come down to Tuscany early, but in the end we rode much further than we would have done. It was horrible on Thursday and we weren’t really able to do any kind of ride!”
"It’s always going from the gun, the first, second, third, fourth gravel sector. That’s what everyone enjoys, this kind of racing. We know what’s coming. It’s going to be a big war.”
I know my abilities and I know that this race suits me