Kwiatkowski fourth in Imola

27 Sep 2020

Kwiatkowski fourth in Imola

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World Championships - Road Race: Imola, 258.2km

Michal Kwiatkowski came within centimetres of a podium after a gutsy ride at the World Championship road race in Imola.

Riding in the colours of Poland, Kwiatkowski found himself sprinting for the line as part of a five-man group, 24 seconds back on solo victor Julian Alaphilippe (France).

The INEOS Grenadiers rider had accelerated hard on the race's final climb, the Cima Gallisterna, as the lead group splintered after nine laps and over six hours of riding.

At the line on the famous motor racing circuit it was Marc Hirschi (Switzerland) who prevailed in the photo finish, denying the 2014 world champion another podium. Ahead Wout Van Aert (Belgium) comfortably took second, but the group had no answer for the long-range move of Alaphilippe.

Six Grenadiers took part in the event – with Richard Carapaz (Ecuador) also active, following moves in the closing stages on the way to an eventual 22nd position. Dylan van Baarle (Netherlands) was the next home in 35th after working for Tom Dumoulin deep into the final lap.
Luke Rowe put in a very impressive ride, protecting and helping to position Great Britain team leader Tom Pidcock heading into the final laps. Ethan Hayter also gained great experience as part of a youthful GB set up. As always Michal Golas (Poland) worked hard to support his friend and compatriot Kwiatkowski on the way to a top result.

Final result:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (France/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 6:38:34
2. Wout Van Aert (Belgium/Jumbo-Visma) +24"
3. Marc Hirschi (Switzerland/Team Sunweb) s.t.
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland/INEOS Grenadiers)
5. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark/Astana)
22. Richard Carapaz (Ecuador/INEOS Grenadiers) +1:34"