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Michal Kwiatkowski aiming to break Team Sky’s Monument duck

Michal Kwiatkowski aiming to break Team Sky’s Monument duck

New Team Sky recruit says there isn’t any pressure on him to bring a Monument win right away, but he will put pressure on himself to win one Michal Kwiatkowski (Photo: Twitter/@michalkwiatek) Three Tour de France titles in their first six years isn’t a bad return for Team Sky , but the lack of one-day Monument wins on their palmares is notable.

To combat that, Sky and manager Sir Dave Brailsford went out and got the most prized free-agent on the market this winter – former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski .

The Pole starts his season at Challenge Mallorca at the end of January and enters the Volta ao Algarve as a likely team leader before embarking on a run of one-day races. While the Ardennes are a goal, Kwiatkowski will also be racing a cobbled Monument, in the form of the Tour of Flanders.

“My first personal ambitions are the Classics,” he told Biciciclismo . “[Going] back to the Amstel Gold race, where I won last year in the rainbow jersey, and Liege [-Bastogne-Liege], where I was third in 2014. Also, I’ll be back to Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders.”

On winning Sky’s first Monument, he said: “There is no […]

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