Nationality: Polish
Date of birth: June 2, 1990
Height: 176cm
Weight: 68kg
Team: Team Sky
Twitter: @michalkwiatek

2014 world champion Michal Kwiatkowski is one of several Polish riders at the top of the World Tour, as the nation enjoys a stunning cycling resurgance in recent years. Along with Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), Przemysław Niemiec (Lampre-Merida), Bartosz Huzarski (Bora-Argon 18) and Marcin Białobłocki (One Pro Cycling), Kwiatkowski is leading a new generation of Polish riders on the world stage. But the Team Sky new boy is arguably the best of the current crop, having performed consistently in a variety of races and taken wins at Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and Volta ao Algarve.

An impressive 11th in his debut Tour de France in 2013, Kwiatkowski went on to better things in 2015 with a more focused program. Attacking the spring Classics, he won Strade Bianche by riding away from Peter Sagan before placing top five in all three of the Ardennes classics.

>>> Michal Kwiatkowski: my year as world champion

Kwiatkowski made a mockery of the so-called curse of the rainbow jersey in 2015, winning the Paris-Nice prologue en route to the young rider’s jersey, followed by fourth in the Tour of Flanders and victory in the Amstel Gold Race, finishing a respectable eight in the World Championship road race, three seconds behind Peter Sagan.

Wins in shorter stage races, prologues and even sprints have cemented his status as a rider to watch and he joins Team Sky with undiminished ambitions, aiming to win a first Monument for the British team.

Major results: 2015 Amstel Gold Race | 2015 Paris-Nice prologue | 2014 UCI road world championship | 2014 Strade Bianche | 2014 Volta ao Algarve

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