Kwiatkowski inches out world champ Sa­gan

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SAN REMO: Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski pipped world cham­pion Peter Sa­gan in a thrilling fin­ish to the Mi­lan-San Remo race on Satur­day.

Slo­vakia’s Sa­gan launched a su­perb at­tack on the fi­nal Pog­gio climb near the end of the 291km race and was joined by Kwiatkowski and French­man Ju­lian Alaphilippe.

Sa­gan (BORA-Hans­grohe) was the first to make his move in the dash to the fin­ish but Poland’s Kwiatkowski surged through to take the first Mon­u­ment clas­sic of his ca­reer.

It was a wel­come respite for Bri­tain’s Team Sky who have been un­der in­tense scru­tiny after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a med­i­cal pack­age de­liv­ered to for­mer rider Bradley Wig­gins at the 2011 Cri­terium du Dauphine.

“Win­ning Mi­lan-San Remo is an in­cred­i­ble feeling. I’m re­ally thank­ful for my team­mates,” Kwiatkowski said.

“They did an in­cred­i­ble job to­day. I didn’t ex­pect Sa­gan would go on the Pog­gio. It looked like it was lead­ing to a bunch sprint. I felt pretty strong and it was amaz­ing to be there with Sa­gan and Alaphilippe. It’s un­be­liev­able.” Reuters

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