The Polish rider Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) has won the 11th edition of Strade Bianche NamedSport, for the first time part of the UCI WorldTour, covering 175km from Siena (Fortezza Medicea) to Siena (Piazza del Campo). Taking the win on the finish line of the historic square, Kwiatkowski beat Belgian duo Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) to secure his second Strade Bianche NamedSport career victory.
1 – Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 175km in 4h42’42”,
2 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) at 15″
3 – Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) at 17″
4 – Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) at 23″
Speaking seconds after the finish, a victorious Michał Kwiatkowski said: “I’m so happy – it’s an unexpected victory. After the difficult season I had last year, I still had a lot of trust from the team. Now the preparation for this season has already paid off. Second victory at the Strade Bianche, it’s just amazing! We started to play a game after the Sante Marie section – I actually didn’t feel so good there – but I thought the best situation was to do my own thing, that’s why I went from so far out and I’m glad it worked out well.”