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Michal Kwiatkowski claims Strava KOM on Poggio on way to Milan-San Remo win

Team Sky rider averaged an astonishing 443 watts for 5 minutes 47 seconds on decisive climb

Michal Kwiatkowski didn’t just come just come away from Milan-San Remo with a thrilling victory in yesterday’s race – he also bagged the Strava KOM on the race’s final climb, the Poggio.

Team Sky’s former world champion followed a move on the ascent from the man who succeeded him in the rainbow jersey, Peter Sagan of Boara-Hansgrohe, with Quick Step Floors rider Julien Alaphilippe completing the trio who contested the win.

The 108th edition of the Monument produced an astonishingly close finish – and taking a close look at the photo above, we can’t help wondering whether that dropped chain on Sagan’s bike as he sprinted for the line was the difference between victory and defeat for the Slovak.

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Kwiatkowski’s power output on the climb was an astonishing 443 watts for 5 mins 47 secs with the speed, power and heart rate graphs below clearly showing the moment he put a huge effort in to bridge across to Sagan.

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Kwiatowski's Poggio effort

Kudos, indeed.

It's Kwiatowski's second big win in Italy in a fortnight following his victory earlier this month at Strade Bianche, which he also posted to Strava.

> Kwiatkowski posts his winning ride at Strade Bianche to Strava

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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