Michał Kwiatkowski, won the prestigious road world championship held in Spain. He finished just one second ahead of Australian Simon Gerrans.
The decisive action took place on the last climb, when Kwiatkowski attacked and managed to stay in front until the finish line. Kwiatkowski credited his teammates from the national team, who helped him win the race with their teamwork. “I was feeling great on the last lap and I’m really grateful of my teammates and all their work,” Kwiatkowski said.
“I was just going to for the win I was trying to take risks because some were calculating and waiting the final climb,” he added.
This is one of the biggest successes in Polish cyclist history. Since 1996, when only one world championship race is being held (before that there were separate events for professional and amateur cyclists), only Zbigniew Spruch won the medal when he took silver in 2000. Poles won the amateur world championship four times.
During this year’s championships, Kwiatkowski also won the bronze medal with his cub ( Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team), while Agnieszka Skalniak was third in the junior women road race.