Understandably Kwiatkowski has fond memories of 2017, and is particularly proud of the consistent high level of form he showed.
“The biggest reflection from 2017 was the way I was racing across the entire season. That was the most important thing for me, that I could actually race at the highest level all the time and I was there in the game to win the races. That was really important for me. And because of that I could win such big races as Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and San Sebastian. Those were my best moments of the season, and of course the Tour de France was such an amazing race. I never expected from myself that I would be able to be up there for 21 stages, deliver such a performance and help Chris to take the victory. I’m very proud of that and I hope I can improve on every aspect – Grand Tours, Classics – this season.”
Big victories last year were made all the sweeter as Kwiatkowski bounced back from what was, by his own admission, a disappointing season in 2016. Despite not hitting the heights in his first year as a Team Sky rider, he admitted the team’s belief was instrumental in getting him back to his best, and ultimately signing a new three-year contract.
“The support I had from the team was amazing, and that’s why I was able to win such big races. That’s what I love about this team. They don’t give up on you, I don’t give up on them and that’s why I was able to talk about my future with such a team, which stands behind you when you are in trouble, and are there to support you winning the race. It was just a matter of time that there was going to be a signature on the contract and I’m happy that I can be part of the family for the next three years. We can really think, not just about short-term goals in 2018, but think about how my race calendar could look in the next two to three years. That’s great and it gives me the opportunity to think long-term, which can only make me better.”