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Michal Kwiatkowski lightened the atmosphere at Team Sky by notching the team’s second Monument. His Milan-Sanremo win today follows Wout Poels’ victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege last year.

Kwiatkowski had shown his good form earlier in the month by winning Strade Bianche and in the closing stages of Milan-Sanremo, he and Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe were the only two riders able to follow Peter Sagan’s furious attack on the Poggio.

Those three were never caught. There followed a ragged sprint with Sagan throwing his bike at the line with such force that he almost lost control.

It was to no avail. The Pole recorded a narrow win with Alaphilippe third.

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Reacting to his win, Kwiatkowski said: "After previous editions in 2013 and 2014 when I've been unlucky, winning Milano-Sanremo is an incredible feeling. I'm thankful to my team-mates, they did an incredible job today.

“I didn't expect Sagan to attack on the Poggio. After he did, I expected a bunch sprint but he maintained a high speed at the front. I focused only on my own sprint. I can't believe I've beaten Sagan."

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TheDoctor [241 posts] 7 months ago
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Time to stop watching pro racing for a while with drug team sky winning races! What's the point!

 

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Matt_Z [40 posts] 7 months ago
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I find it annoying that kwatowski didn't pull once in the final break. I understand Alaphillippe not doing so, but that attitude reminds me of Armstrongs win at all costs... looking forward to the rebels blowing up the death star again.

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Leviathan [2780 posts] 7 months ago
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TheDoctor wrote:

Time to stop watching pro racing for a while with drug team sky winning races! What's the point!

And yet you keep watching. Another summer of Sky hegemony begins...

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HalfWheeler [653 posts] 7 months ago
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Matt_Z wrote:

I find it annoying that kwatowski didn't pull once in the final break. I understand Alaphillippe not doing so, but that attitude reminds me of Armstrongs win at all costs... looking forward to the rebels blowing up the death star again.

That's bike racing. Why pull Sagan along, let him recover then outsprint you? Madness.

As for the Armstrong comparison...with all due respect; get a grip.

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Grahamd [675 posts] 7 months ago
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TheDoctor wrote:

Time to stop watching pro racing for a while with drug team sky winning races! What's the point!

 

Woukd you like some cheese with those sour grapes?

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ktache [627 posts] 7 months ago
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I understand that sour grapes make a fine whine.

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TheDoctor [241 posts] 7 months ago
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Grahamd wrote:
TheDoctor wrote:

Time to stop watching pro racing for a while with drug team sky winning races! What's the point!

 

Woukd you like some cheese with those sour grapes?

 

depends if you get it from team sky! As I don't want any extras they put in!

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Must be Mad [622 posts] 7 months ago
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I find it annoying that kwatowski didn't pull once in the final break. I understand Alaphillippe not doing so, but that attitude reminds me of Armstrongs win at all costs... looking forward to the rebels blowing up the death star again.

Err, try watching the race before moaning. Kwatowski did pull in the final break.

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racingcondor [236 posts] 7 months ago
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Sporting or not​ you'd be an idiot to not make Sagan do 75% + of the work in any break.

There's a very good reason Sagan is second in so many races, he's insanely strong and bloody minded enough to do the work even when everyone else is along for a free ride. The result is, everyone takes that ride.

Congratulations to Kwatowski, can't wait to watch it and see just how much Sagan determined the shape of the finale.

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Jackson [373 posts] 7 months ago
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Must be Mad wrote:
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I find it annoying that kwatowski didn't pull once in the final break. I understand Alaphillippe not doing so, but that attitude reminds me of Armstrongs win at all costs... looking forward to the rebels blowing up the death star again.

Err, try watching the race before moaning. Kwatowski did pull in the final break.

He took about 3 soft turns. You can't seriously argue Sagan didn't pull them to the finish.

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Must be Mad [622 posts] 7 months ago
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He took about 3 soft turns. You can't seriously argue Sagan didn't pull them to the finish.

I'm not arguing that Sagan didn't deserve the win, but pointing out that the sentance " kwatowski didn't pull once" was factually incorect.

And it's a race, you don't have to pull if you don't want to.

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StoopidUserName [339 posts] 7 months ago
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TheDoctor wrote:

Time to stop watching pro racing for a while with drug team sky winning races! What's the point!

 

 

haters gonna hate. Especially in this country.  

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Jackson [373 posts] 7 months ago
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Agree that Kwiatkowski's tactics were spot on. It is very British of Sky to have to get a Polish guy to do all the work though cheeky

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Stumps [3496 posts] 7 months ago
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It happens in very nearly every stage race or one day race, someone pulls a lot more than others who ultimately take the line first.

Sagan is a brilliant rider who has the speed of nigh on every sprinter so why would anyone help him by taking a big turn, especially in one of the Monument races ?????

Well done to Kwia and Sagan, excellent racing from them.  

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Leodis [424 posts] 7 months ago
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Jackson wrote:
Must be Mad wrote:
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I find it annoying that kwatowski didn't pull once in the final break. I understand Alaphillippe not doing so, but that attitude reminds me of Armstrongs win at all costs... looking forward to the rebels blowing up the death star again.

Err, try watching the race before moaning. Kwatowski did pull in the final break.

He took about 3 soft turns. You can't seriously argue Sagan didn't pull them to the finish.

 

You obviously know nothing about how to actually race.  Sour grapes.

 

btw have you ordered your World Champ jeresey yet so you can pretend to be Sagan?

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Trickytree1984 [40 posts] 7 months ago
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TheDoctor wrote:

Time to stop watching pro racing for a while with drug team sky winning races! What's the point!

 

Almost sounds like you've got evidence of that. If so please share

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Trickytree1984 [40 posts] 7 months ago
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Jackson wrote:

Agree that Kwiatkowski's tactics were spot on. It is very British of Sky to have to get a Polish guy to do all the work though cheeky

Not for long. We are doomed

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CXR94Di2 [1786 posts] 7 months ago
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Sky have had a fantastic season so far, win Paris Nice, stage victories Tirreno, stages in Herald Sun, the brilliant  Kwiatkowski taking strada bianchi and now San Remo.   Its great to see so many different names doing well.

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Jackson [373 posts] 7 months ago
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To all the Sky haters, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I'm sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.

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Bahrd [14 posts] 7 months ago
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Jackson wrote:

To all the Sky haters, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I'm sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.

 

Still, it was Sagan, who was 'romantic' yesterday and Kwiato, who 'calculated' the odds.

 

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700c [1152 posts] 7 months ago
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Jackson wrote:

To all the Sky haters, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I'm sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.

On the one hand you're comparing Kwiatkowsky & Sky to Armstrong & US Postal, on the other, you're complaining that MK didn't do any work on the front at the end, which, as you know, is the only way he could beat Sagan.

Bit contradictory?

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swmlon [28 posts] 7 months ago
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Once I saw Sagan towing Kwiatkowski to the line, I knew the latter would win. He's a smart rider and did what anyone with tactical nous would do against Sagan or anyone in a sprint. Sagan very nearly overcame the odds to win the sprint from the front. Credit Kwiatkowski for having the power and awareness to chase when Sagan attacked. Without that, Sagan would have soloed to victory.

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Jackson [373 posts] 7 months ago
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700c wrote:
Jackson wrote:

To all the Sky haters, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I'm sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.

On the one hand you're comparing Kwiatkowsky & Sky to Armstrong & US Postal, on the other, you're complaining that MK didn't do any work on the front at the end, which, as you know, is the only way he could beat Sagan. Bit contradictory?

I'm not complaining he didn't work, see my comment where I said he was tactically spot on.

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Velo_Dom [25 posts] 7 months ago
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I think it might prove wise for some to re-watch the finale. 

Sagan's attack was monsterous and both Kwiato & Allaphillipe proved strong to be able to follow him on the ascent. That being said it was relatively near the top, so by the time they had formed a group they were practically on the decent. 

Sagan is a world class and perhaps almost unrivalled descender, he was always going to lead the way going down. It's in his nature as a bike rider to make sure the move stuck.  On the decent the other two would also just be hoping to hold Sagans wheel. 

Once they hit the flat it was clear Alaphillipe was never going to work and was there to sit on, cover the move and to hope that he could snatch the win at the death. 

Kwaito, however, did work. He took some turns and made sure he did his bit to keep the group behind at bay. 

Once they got closer to the via roma he was never going to take the front and risk leading Sagan out. It would be illogical. 

It was very well ridden by Sky having 6 men there at the key point of the race and by Kwiato to cover Sagans move, very tactically astute. 

It is though, very frustrating, not to see Sagan win. His positive and aggressive bike riding is a joy to watch, he lights up every race he is involved in. His attack was deserving of the win,  but unfortunately this result is not new to Sagan, that's bike racing afterall. 

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Rapha Nadal [607 posts] 7 months ago
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Jackson wrote:

To all the Sky haters, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I'm sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.

10/10.

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JohnnyRemo [198 posts] 7 months ago
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Jackson wrote:

To all the Sky haters, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I'm sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.

 

Jeezuz H...

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JohnnyRemo [198 posts] 7 months ago
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Velo_Dom wrote:

I think it might prove wise for some to re-watch the finale. 

Sagan's attack was monsterous and both Kwiato & Allaphillipe proved strong to be able to follow him on the ascent. That being said it was relatively near the top, so by the time they had formed a group they were practically on the decent. 

Sagan is a world class and perhaps almost unrivalled descender, he was always going to lead the way going down. It's in his nature as a bike rider to make sure the move stuck.  On the decent the other two would also just be hoping to hold Sagans wheel. 

Once they hit the flat it was clear Alaphillipe was never going to work and was there to sit on, cover the move and to hope that he could snatch the win at the death. 

Kwaito, however, did work. He took some turns and made sure he did his bit to keep the group behind at bay. 

Allaphillipe (Gaviria) and Kwiatowski (Viviani) - both had their sprinters in the group behind so could use that as their reason for not contributing.

Thats two from two WT events ( M-SR and Omloop) this season Sagan has now lost in a small group sprints...

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mattsccm [358 posts] 7 months ago
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To those insiders who are posting crap about Sky I'll say prove it.   If you can't shut up. Attention seeking children are you not?  I say insiders as only someone within the team or possibly the UCI would actually know any thing but they would be too professional to say. 

I dare you. Prove it. Go on.

As to tactics. Only an idiot would make life easy for Sagan or anyone else . its a race. You win. That's the point. Baffles me why people who obviously know nothing open their mouths. Did you say the same about Indurain? 

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barbarus [484 posts] 7 months ago
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It's professional sport. The rewards are massive. You watch it in the knowledge that everyone, in all areas is sailing as close to the wind as possible, in all areas. Or you don't watch it.

As everyone else has said, Sagan did his best, the others dug deep and raced tactically. That's racing.

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RobD [520 posts] 7 months ago
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I feel sorry for Sagan, it seems very much like Bora did some work earlier on in the race, but come the finish he was left to do it on his own (which he's capable of) but leaves him with just the one card to play. the way he congratulated Kwiatkowski was really nice to see, he looked genuinely pleased for him (or as pleased as coming second allows), kwiatkowski is one of the few riders who seems to have the measure of Sagan at one day races, he knows how much he can make Sagan work to tire him out without him giving up because he's getting no assistance.

I'm glad it didn't come down to a bunch sprint, it was looking like it was going to be a huge group getting to the finish line.

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