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.
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."