Kwiatkowski secures seventh in Dauphine break

15 Aug 2020

Kwiatkowski secures seventh in Dauphine break

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Criterium du Dauphine - Stage four: Ugine › Megève, 153.5km

Michal Kwiatkowski picked up seventh place at the Criterium du Dauphine after spending the day in the breakaway.

The Pole hit out early on an undulating day and was joined by teammate Dylan van Baarle as the lead group swelled to 17 riders.

The group was gradually reduced with Kwiatkowski following the moves well on the hors-categorie Montee de Bisanne. At the finish in Megeve the Team INEOS rider crossed the line 1:19 back on stage winner Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Pavel Sivakov rode well to finish within in a select lead GC group, moving up to 16th overall.

The stage began without Egan Bernal who withdrew from the race as he looks ahead of the upcoming Tour de France.
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- Gabriel Rasch

"We felt [Egan] had the racing he needed. He had a back injury that he's had before as well, so we wanted to make sure that we had enough time between here and the start of the Tour to treat it properly and make sure he's 100 percent for the start in Nice. He rode back to the hotel and he could have done the stage today for sure.

"G wanted to save his legs tomorrow so let's hope he has something in the tank. [Thomas and Froome] are continuing to progress step by step. They are not there yet but I'm optimistic they will be a step above in Nice at the start."

- Michal Kwiatkowski

"Fair play to everyone who was in the breakaway. It was really tough to find ourselves there and definitely the strongest guy won. It was a pretty straightforward final with the last kilometre around 7%. Whoever had the strongest legs was going to win that stage so chapeau.
 
"With my abilities to sprint I was wondering and hoping that I would come to the finish with a couple of guys. I just didn’t have the legs to finish it off. I was super motivated and I was looking for a stage win, but at the end of the day this is how it is. I have to be happy with my condition as I was feeling pretty good. 

"Everybody has a different approach and nobody really has the recipe on how to prepared after four months of not racing. We’re discovering our feelings right now. Of course it would be nice to win straight from the gun for me at Strade and San Remo. I was in the game there and today I was in the game for the stage win. We are nearly there, but at the end of the day it’s still pretty far to the second and third weeks of the Tour."
Saturday also saw Il Lombardia take place, with Richard Carapaz taking an encouraging 13th place on his return following a crash at the Tour of Poland.