Bradley Wiggins Concedes Tour of Britain Defence

LONDON, Sept 10, 2014 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins accepted his Tour of Britain title defence was nearly at an end after Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski secured the overall lead with a dramatic stage win on Wednesday. Kwiatkowski won the sprint for the line at the end of the 184.6-kilometre route from Worcester in the English Midlands to Bristol on the south-west coast to take the leader's yellow … [Read more...]

Cavendish Motivates Kwiatkowski To Podium Finish

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom, July 07, 2014 (AFP) - Rising star Michal Kwiatkowski revealed he had been motivated by injured teammate Mark Cavendish before finishing third on the second stage of the Tour de France. The 24-year-old Polish time-trial champion has been in fine form this year, winning the Tour of the Algarve in February and securing top five … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Tour de France Contenders For The GC

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 02, 2014 (AFP) - The 101st edition of the Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday with Chris Froome as the reigning champion. Here AFP looks at the top five pretenders to the throne: Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky The Kenyan-born Briton and reigning champion remains the overall Tour favourite but not to the same degree as … [Read more...]

Michal Kwiatkowski Wins Tour of Romandie Prologue

LAUSANNE, April 29, 2014 (AFP) - Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski of the Omega Pharma team won the prologue to the Tour of Romandie on Tuesday in the Swiss town of Ascona. Kwiatkowski recorded the quickest time on the short 5.57km course, of 6min 22sec, to beat Rohan Dennis of Australia by two seconds and Germany's Marcel Kittel by four seconds. Triple world time-trial champion Tony Martin … [Read more...]

Omega-Pharma Quick-Step Put Fleche Faith In Michal Kwiatkowski

BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Omega-Pharma Quick-Step have put their faith in Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski for Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne race. 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 … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan All Power To Claim Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 3

ROME, March 14, 2014 (AFP) - Slovakian Peter Sagan produced a late burst of power to claim victory in the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, with Michal Kwiatkowski taking the overall lead from Mark Cavenish on Friday. Sagan, of the Cannondale team, finished several bike lengths ahe ad of Kwiatkowski and Australian Simon Clarke on a slightly uphill finish in Arezzo after 210 km of racing … [Read more...]

Michal Kwiatkowski Wins Strade Bianche With Solo Effort

08-Mar-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Michal Kwiatkowski waited for the perfect moment at the Italian Classic, 197km Strade Bianche, on Saturday. Peter Sagan (Cannondale ProCycling) launched an impressive attack with less than 23km to go, but with five OPQS riders well positioned in a lead group and Kwiatkowski feeling strong, he bridged to the attacking Slovak rider. Matteo … [Read more...]

Michal Kwiatkowski Wins The Tour of Algarve

LISBON, Feb 23, 2014 (AFP) - Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland held off Spain;s two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador to win the Tour of Algarve after Briton's Mark Cavendish claimed Sunday's fifth and final stage. Cavendish, who races for the same Omega Pharma team as does Kwiatkowski, prevailed in a dash for the line at the end of the 155.8 kilometre closing ride from Tavira to … [Read more...]

An Unforgettable Day for Omega Pharma-Quick Step Cycling

23-Feb-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team had much to celebrate on Sunday, from Oman to Algarve. OPQS won a third stage out of five thanks to Mark Cavendish outsprinting the field in 155.8km Volta ao Algarve Stage Five. OPQS controlled the race all day, working hard on the front to bring back the breakaway with 15km to go and putting the Manx Missile in ideal position on the right … [Read more...]

Volta ao Algarve Stage 3 ITT Changes Little

21-Feb-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Michal Kwiatkowski won by an overwhelming margin in the 13.6km Volta ao Algarve Stage 3 ITT on Friday. Kwiatkowski won by 11 seconds over Adriano Malori (Movistar Team) and was 13 seconds faster than teammate and UCI World TT Champion Tony Martin. Kwiatkowski was three seconds faster than Martin at the intermediate point, and averaged … [Read more...]