BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) – Omega-Pharma Quick-Step have put
their faith in Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski for Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne
Kwiatkowski finished fifth in the 199.5km race last year and matched that
position at Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race.
Having ended the Cobbled Classics on a high with Niki Terpstra’s victory at
Paris-Roubaix, Omega-Pharma have made the in-form 23-year-old their sole
“As for our selection, we once again have a good team at the start. We
changed a few elements if you compare it to Amstel where we have more
climbers,” said sports director Davide Bramati on the Omega-Pharma team
“Our road captain is Michal Kwiatkowski as he showed his race fitness with
his top five finish at Amstel Gold Race.
“He was also fifth at this race in 2013. We will try to do something good
again this year and be there for the finale in the second of the three
Kwiatkowski has already won six races this season, including last month’s
Strade Bianche where he outsprinted Peter Sagan, and finished second to
Alberto Contador in the Tour of the Basque Country, which finished 10 days ago.
The Pole was third in the best young rider category at last year’s Tour de
France, where he finished 11th.