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Ponferrada World Road Championships 2014 – Elite Men. Michal Kwiatkowski Times it Perfectly


Spanish sports paper, Mundo Deportivo says; ‘El Tigre, en la Lieja-Ponferrada-Lieja‘ comparing the race to an Ardennes Classic.

A complete cyclist with a brilliant future,‘ they say of the 24 year-old winner, Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski.

Despite a tiny box on the front cover, the race gets two-and-a-half pages with nice colour pictures.

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It’s chaos around Kwiatkowski at the finish. Photo©Ed Hood

The second of the Nation’s four sports dailies, Marca concentrates on Valverde’s medal, ‘El hombre de bronce,’ again with colour photography and two full pages – if back on page 40.

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Simon Gerrans, silver medallist. Photo©Ed Hood

AS too goes with Valverde, ‘La sexta de Valverde‘ – his fourth bronze and two silver medals take him two medals clear in the tables of seven riders on four podiums: Freire, Binda, Van Steenbergen, Lemond, Van Looy, Darrigade and Poulidor.

Albeit all of them save Poulidor won the race at least once.

Michal Kwiatkowski
Ale Valverde has an amazing record at the Worlds. Photo©Ed Hood

AS gives us two colour pages and lots more stats, Germany top the medal table with three gold and two silvers; GB is in joint seventh place thanks to Brad’s gold.

The home nation is down in equal 14th spot with Belgium on one bronze.

Michal Kwiatkowski
The break got upwards of a quarter of a hour. Photo©Ed Hood

The race was a good one; you have to accept that there will be an early break and nothing much doing ’til someone decides to chase.

That someone was Kwiatkowski, deploying his fearsome looking red and white striped legion to ride down the break.

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The Polish team set to work for MK. Photo©Ed Hood

It was reminiscent of Plouay in 2000 when the Poles rode brilliantly all day for Spruch only for Latvia’s Vainsteins to pip him on the line.

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Now it’s the Italians’ turn. Photo©Ed Hood

Then the Italians took it up with four to go, causing havoc but instead of helping ride down the late break of four with their own De Marchi in it they should have given his head – he’s big strong, aggressive and smart.

He had at least a one in four chance of a medal; instead they came away with nothing – a best of 13th from Colbrelli.

De Marchi’s face at the finish told a story.

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De Marchi led a final, frustrating attack. Photo©Ed Hood

Michal Kwiatkowski
The Italian team is always strong at the Worlds, but didn’t get it right this time. Photo©Ed Hood

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Sonny Colbrelli, Italy’s best finisher, in 13th. Photo©Ed Hood

GB’s best was Ben Swift in 12th, not a bad ride – but as Viktor says, in terms of the team’s budget and ambitions, a failure.

Peter Kennaugh had good legs but was too active, too early – but he wasn’t over awed by the occasion or opposition and has the potential to be a strong Classics rider.

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Peter Kennaugh rode tremendously well at the head of the race. Photo©Ed Hood

The Belgian team’s late tactic was confusing – first Van Avermaet was working for Gilbert then that seemed to reverse in the finale.

They took fifth and seventh respectively – strong but not good enough for the Belgian Media, I’ll wager.

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Tom Boonen, looking tired and over a minute back in 49th place. Photo©Ed Hood

I didn’t name Kwiatkowski in my race preview but did manage to tag 10 of the first 14 and the Pole, Breschel in fourth spot (for which AS awards him a chocolate medal) and Gallopin in sixth weren’t surprises.

I’d thought that the Pole was ‘off the boil’ after a lot of early success – two stages and the GC in the Volta ao Algarve, the Strada Bianche, second on GC in the Pais Vasco, fifth in the Amstel, third in the Fleche and Liege, the Romandie prologue and the Polish TT champs.

A great season even before you mention the Worlds where he went home with a bronze from the TTT as well as his road race gold.

Credit to Viktor, he said that whatever happened in Ponferrada, a QuickStep would win – he fancied Bakelants (eventual 48th) but his prediction was correct.

Here’s what the Omega Pharma Quick Step team’s press release says;

“The Polish rider’s victory is the 65th (63rd road) overall for OPQS, in three disciplines (track/cyclocross), in 2014.

“He is also the first Polish rider in UCI history to win Elite road gold, and only the third in OPQS history to earn the rainbow jersey on the road after Tom Boonen in 2005, and Paolo Bettini in 2006 and 2007.

“OPQS also won the 2014 bronze medal in the TTT event, and silver in the ITT with Tony Martin.”

Our man with his finger on the Belgian pulse, Ivan has been checking out what QuickStep team boss, Patrick Lefevre has to say;

“Lefevre says he tested Sagan and Kwiata in 2008 as juniors; he’ll try to keep MK away from the Tour GC battle for a couple of years.

“He says that Poles generally like to earn good money and MK knows that Tour winners get lots of it!

“But Lefevre thinks he can’t win the Tour unless he loses maybe seven kg. Lefevre thinks that it’s stupid to concentrate on the Tour at 24 years old.

“Kwiatkowski has a QuickStep contract for 2015 and will ask for a big wage rise to sign for longer.

“Lefevre is delighted and happy to pay and also said he expects Kwiata to have a longer and better career than Sagan.

“Sagan is past his best now according to Lefevre . . .”

The Slovak’s star certainly hasn’t shone as brightly this year; he was well off the pace here – however you have to think that Big Bjarne will knock him back into top shape for 2015.

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Commonwealth Games Champion Geraint Thomas was a team worked this time. Photo©Ed Hood

It’s noon now on Monday, the day after and we’re in Ataquines en route Madrid – ‘sleepy’ doesn’t do the wee place justice but the cafés con leche did the trick.

Another Worlds has been won and lost; I don’t know if I’ll make it the US for the 2015 Worlds but I sure hope so …

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Adam Hansen has had a long season. Photo©Ed Hood

Result - World Road Race Championships, Elite Men

Full Result

1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) 6:29:07
2 Simon Gerrans (Australia) 0:00:01
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain)
4 Matti Breschel (Denmark)
5 Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
6 Tony Gallopin (France)
7 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) 0:00:04
8 Alexander Kristoff (Norway) 0:00:07
9 John Degenkolb (Germany)
10 Nacer Bouhanni (France)
11 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
12 Ben Swift (Great Britain)
13 Sonny Colbrelli (Italy)
14 Michael Matthews (Australia)
15 Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)
16 Daryl Impey (South Africa)
17 Maciej Paterski (Poland)
18 Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)
19 Warren Barguil (France)
20 Michael Valgren Andersen (Denmark)
21 Daniele Bennati (Italy)
22 Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
23 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Portugal)
24 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spain)
25 Brent Bookwalter (United States Of America)
26 Nicolas Roche (Ireland)
27 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Colombia)
28 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
29 Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic) 0:00:14
30 Alex Howes (United States Of America)
31 Chris Anker Sörensen (Denmark)
32 Giovanni Visconti (Italy)
33 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spain) 0:00:17
34 Fabio Aru (Italy)
35 Yury Trofimov (Russian Federation)
36 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spain)
37 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Norway)
38 Dominik Nerz (Germany) 0:00:21
39 Simon Geschke (Germany) 0:00:24
40 Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) 0:00:27
41 Giampaolo Caruso (Italy) 0:00:31
42 Grega Bole (Slovenia) 0:00:38
43 Peter Sagan (Slovakia) 0:00:42
44 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 0:00:50
45 Alessandro De Marchi (Italy) 0:01:03
46 Alexandr Kolobnev (Russian Federation) 0:01:05
47 Kristijan Durasek (Croatia)
48 Jan Bakelants (Belgium)
49 Tom Boonen (Belgium)
50 Sergei Chernetski (Russian Federation)
51 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)
52 Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg)
53 Matthias Brandle (Austria) 0:01:27
54 Tiago Machado (Portugal) 0:01:32
55 Simon Clarke (Australia) 0:02:10
56 Ben Hermans (Belgium)
57 Wouter Poels (Netherlands) 0:02:19
58 Michal Golas (Poland) 0:02:31
59 Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) 0:02:32
60 Cyril Gautier (France) 0:02:36
61 Jean-Christophe Peraud (France)
62 Romain Bardet (France)
63 Paul Martens (Germany) 0:02:39
64 Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium) 0:03:42
65 Imanol Erviti (Spain) 0:04:08
66 Michael Albasini (Switzerland) 0:05:12
67 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Portugal)
68 Georg Preidler (Austria)
69 Danilo Wyss (Switzerland)
70 Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Colombia)
71 Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)
72 Kristjan Fajt (Slovenia) 0:06:11
73 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa)
74 Damiano Caruso (Italy)
75 Ilnur Zakarin (Russian Federation)
76 Jonathan Monsalve (Venezuela)
77 Sylvain Chavanel (France)
78 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kazakhstan)
79 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spain)
80 Manuel Quinziato (Italy)
81 Adam Hansen (Australia)
82 Peter Kennaugh (Great Britain) 0:06:14
83 Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) 0:07:01
84 Daniel Martin (Ireland) 0:08:25
85 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (Costa Rica) 0:11:59
86 Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 0:13:43
87 Peter Velits (Slovakia)
88 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:14:53
89 Johan Van Summeren (Belgium)
90 Stef Clement (Netherlands) 0:15:23
91 Jan Barta (Czech Republic)
92 Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukraine)
93 Andriy Khripta (Ukraine) 0:15:34
94 Miyataka Shimizu (Japan) 0:20:22
95 George Bennett (New Zealand)
DNF Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Portugal)
DNF Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Portugal)
DNF José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Portugal)
DNF Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spain)
DNF Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain)
DNF Kévin Reza (France)
DNF Geoffrey Soupe (France)
DNF Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands)
DNF Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands)
DNF Tom Jelte Slagter (Netherlands)
DNF Dylan Van Baarle (Netherlands)
DNF Pieter Weening (Netherlands)
DNF Rohan Dennis (Australia)
DNF Cadel Evans (Australia)
DNF Heinrich Haussler (Australia)
DNF Mathew Hayman (Australia)
DNF Rory Sutherland (Australia)
DNF Jelle Vanendert (Belgium)
DNF Tim Wellens (Belgium)
DNF Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
DNF Christopher Froome (Great Britain)
DNF David Millar (Great Britain)
DNF Luke Rowe (Great Britain)
DNF Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)
DNF Adam Yates (Great Britain)
DNF Simon Yates (Great Britain)
DNF Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Colombia)
DNF Winner Anacona Gomez (Colombia)
DNF Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Colombia)
DNF Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Colombia)
DNF Sebastian Henao Gomez (Colombia)
DNF Carlos Julian Quintero (Colombia)
DNF Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Colombia)
DNF Johannes Fröhlinger (Germany)
DNF André Greipel (Germany)
DNF Christian Knees (Germany)
DNF Tony Martin (Germany)
DNF Paul Voss (Germany)
DNF Maciej Bodnar (Poland)
DNF Bartosz Huzarski (Poland)
DNF Bartlomiej Matysiak (Poland)
DNF Przemyslaw Niemiec (Poland)
DNF Michal Podlaski (Poland)
DNF Pawel Poljanski (Poland)
DNF Eric Marcotte (United States Of America)
DNF Kiel Reijnen (United States Of America)
DNF Andrew Talansky (United States Of America)
DNF Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America)
DNF Martin Velits (Slovakia)
DNF Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukraine)
DNF Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukraine)
DNF Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukraine)
DNF Roman Maikin (Russian Federation)
DNF Andrei Solomennikov (Russian Federation)
DNF Jure Kocjan (Slovenia)
DNF Kristijan Koren (Slovenia)
DNF Luka Mezgec (Slovenia)
DNF Jan Polanc (Slovenia)
DNF Michael Morkov (Denmark)
DNF Nicki Sörensen (Denmark)
DNF Essaïd Abelouache (Morocco)
DNF Tarik Chaoufi (Morocco)
DNF Mohamed Er-Rafai (Morocco)
DNF Mouhssine Lahsaini (Morocco)
DNF Abdelati Saadoune (Morocco)
DNF Bernhard Eisel (Austria)
DNF Marco Haller (Austria)
DNF Patrick Konrad (Austria)
DNF Riccardo Zoidl (Austria)
DNF Natnael Berhane (Eritrea)
DNF Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea)
DNF Daniil Fominykh (Kazakhstan)
DNF Carlos Galviz (Venezuela)
DNF Carlos Jose Ochoa (Venezuela)
DNF Xavier Quevedo (Venezuela)
DNF Azzedine Lagab (Algeria)
DNF Oleg Berdos (Romania)
DNF Andrei Nechita (Romania)
DNF Serghei Tvetcov (Romania)
DNF Philip Deignan (Ireland)
DNF Alo Jakin (Estonia)
DNF Gert Joeaar (Estonia)
DNF Rein Taaramae (Estonia)
DNF Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa)
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia)
DNF Toms Skujins (Latvia)
DNF Greg Henderson (New Zealand)
DNF Rafael Andriato (Brazil)
DNF Cristian Egidio Da Rosa (Brazil)
DNF Murilo Antonio Fischer (Brazil)
DNF Emanuel Kiserlovski (Croatia)
DNF Matija Kvasina (Croatia)
DNF Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)
DNF Yukihiro Doi (Japan)
DNF Juan Carlos Rojas Villegas (Costa Rica)
DNF Lucas Gaday Orozco (Argentina)
DNF Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Argentina)
DNF Eduardo Sepulveda (Argentina)
DNF Ryan Anderson (Canada)
DNF Christian Meier (Canada)
DNF Michael Woods (Canada)
DNF Segundo Navarrete (Ecuador)
DNF Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden)
DNF Georgios Bouglas (Greece)
DNF Yauheni Hutarovich (Belarus)
DNF Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania)
DNF Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)
DNF Gatis Smukulis (Latvia)


Gallery,  Michal Kwiatkowski’s World Championship

Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

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