Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski claimed a stunning victory at Milan-San Remo after winning an epic three-up sprint on the Via Roma.
The Pole was able to counter a stinging attack by World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) on the Poggio and descended into San Remo alongside the world champion and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors).
The trio went toe-to-toe on the finishing straight, and while Sagan opened out the sprint it was Kwiatkowski who had the strength to edge out the victory in a thrilling finish.
Kwiatkowski’s win is Team Sky’s second Monument victory after Wout Poels victory in last year’s edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The victory come just two weeks after Kwiatkowski’s win at Strade Bianche and continues his brilliant start to 2017.
It is Team Sky’s third ‘winning weekend’ in a row after Sergio Henao sealed victory at Paris Nice last Sunday.
After the race a thrilled Kwiatkowski said, “Winning Milan-San Remo is an incredible feeling. I’m really thankful for my team-mates. They did an incredible job today. I didn’t expect Sagan would go on the Poggio. It looked like it was leading to a bunch sprint.
“I felt pretty strong and it was amazing to be there with Sagan and Alaphilippe. I tried to focus to do my best sprint. It’s unbelievable.”
Photo by Tim De Waele