Qicycling Exclusive:Michał Kwiatkowski–When Sagan stood next to me,I had a strong feeling that I still have a lot to improve


Polish rider reflects on fabulous 2017 season

Kwiato warned the world of his Extraordinary talant again with his Milan-San Remo win in March, which is beyond all expectations. On the Via Roma, World Champion Peter Sagan have been defeated by the strong Team Sky rider.  

“Racing against Sagan is difficult,” he admitted, sitting on the couch at Kempinski, Lujiazui Financial Centre after he rode the Inaugural Criteriem China race.

At 27, Kwiato , Proved to be one of the most successful classic riders in the peleton. He has a preternatural gift in both Cobbles and Ardennes. World Championship, Milan-Sanremo, Amstel Gold Race, Strade Bianche,Clásica de San Sebastián,E3 Harelbeke, he came out of nowhere to become one of the best in the world.

It seemed apropos, then, to start his first interview in China ,with a conversation about champion..


QICYCLING:Some say you are ‘Sagan Killer’, would you like to share your Sanremo win this year with us?

Kwiato:oh, I would not regard myself as ‘Sagan Killer’, I was so lucky to win such a big race Milano-Sanremo, against such a great champion as Peter Sagan. It was a big fight, and I have the legs for final. For me, I want to win the race for so many years. And you know, racing against Sagan is difficult, he’s winning a lot of races. So yeah, I am so happy to win the race in such a season.

QICYCLING:In the last 200m Sagan sprinted first and there is a gap between you two, then you started your go and win the race, without slipstream, how can you make that happen?

Kwiato:When you race in 60kph, there are always slipstream, even you are one or two meters behind, we were coming to the sprint with the speed,not a chance to beat Sagan in normal sprint, so I tried to use his wheel as much i can, so that I can do it.


QICYCLING:Several years ago, you are an excellent classification contender in grand tour.Is there still an contender ambition in your mind?

Kwiato:you know, I don’t want to put myself in a box, I still want to develop myself as a rider who can win in different condition and win different races. So far I won Sanremo, World Championship, and I can do different type of work, (like) Sprint, time trail or riding classics. If you support me to do it better every year, that’s my way yeah.

QICYCLING:You were an excellent U23 rider several years ago, how do you think about youth training?

Kwiato:I still have a lot to learn,but the way of training is not only one way to deliver in cycling. Every rider is different, like Froome and Mark Cavendish, you can never repeat their training. You need to find your own (in the period). What is more important, try to get much experience, try to learn your body. You need to be patient. Now I’m already training for 17 years. When Sagan stood next to me, I had a strong feeling that I still have a lot to improve, I believe I can do more.


QICYCLING:Would you like to talk about your target next season?

Kwiato:You know I just finish the season, now I just relaxed, but of course I want to develop myself. If I would win more classic races, like Sanremo again, that would be amazing.

And of course I’m in Team Sky so I’d love to perform well on the stage races, I want to see how far I can go.So that is pretty much my targets, but I can’t talk so specific about 2018 so far,but still, planing the season is still alot of time to do it.