Kwiato seventh in Jaen

12 Feb 2024

Kwiato seventh in Jaen

One day race » Baeza › Úbeda 158.3km

Michał Kwiatkowski sprinted to a commendable seventh place after a strong team showing in the third edition of Clasica Jaen.

The race, which is characterised by it's long, winding gravel sectors, sprang into life early on, with a strong move containing Ben Turner going clear behind the main break of the day. Only a concerted chase bought the escapees back as the race entered it's second phase.

A pack tumble brought Michael Leonard down, but he was quickly able to remount his bike, before Salvatore Puccio set an infernal pace over the first gravel sector. A puncture for Van Aert (Visma - Lease-a-Bike) added impetus to the peloton, and a quartet of Grenadiers hit the front of the bunch. Last year’s runner-up, Turner, shredded the race, before handing over to Carlos Rodriguez, who lifted the pace further still on the gravel. 

A great ride from Omar Fraile saw the escapees come to within two minutes of the peloton as the final sector loomed. Here, an attack went with Kwiato in tow, unfortunately, an untimely mechanical saw him drop out of the chasing quintet.

Despite this, a concerted effort to chase back on, and a powerful sprint, saw the Pole take seventh on the line behind Oier Lazkano (Movistar), who held out from the early breakaway.