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Kwiatkowski stays three more years

Pole Michal Kwiatkowski has agreed with the Ineos Grenadiers team to extend his contract for three more seasons.

Pole Michal Kwiatkowski has agreed with the Ineos Grenadiers team to extend his contract for three more seasons.

Arrived at Sky in 2016, Michal Kwiatkowski will remain within the British formation, which became Ineos last year and then Ineos Grenadiers this year, at least until the end of 2023. The 30-year-old Polish rider indeed announced Thursday evening at the occasion of the presentation of the Polish sportsman of the year award having reached an agreement to extend his contract for three more seasons. Even if the information has not yet been confirmed by Ineos Grenadiers, it is a great reward for the 2014 world champion, who arrived five years ago from Quick-Step.

This year, Kwiatkowski, one of the highest paid riders of the peloton (2.5 million euros per season, according to L’Equipe) added another line to his list by winning his first stage on a Grand Tour (excluding team time trial), on the occasion of the 18th stage of the Tour de France in La Roche-sur-Foron, where he arrived hand in hand with his teammate Richard Carapaz, but crossed the line just before him, for a few inches. The Venezuelan had left him the victory, since he was going to don the polka dot jersey.

Placed but not a winner on the classics

During this very special 2020 season, Kwiatkowski ran 46 days in competition, the time to finish in particular 30th in the Tour de France, 4th in the world championship in Imola, 6th in the Walloon Flèche, 10th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 12th of Strade Bianche and 14th of Milan – San Remo. Often placed, never a winner, he failed to win the great classic that has eluded him since the Clasica San Sebastian 2017.

According to Cyclingnews, two other riders from Ineos Grenadiers have extended their contracts for three seasons: Giro winner Tao Geoghegan Hart and world time trial champion Filippo Ganna. But that remains to be confirmed. With these three riders, but also Egan Bernal, Richard Carapaz, Adam Yates, Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte, the British team will still have something to scare about next season!