Kwiatkowski: I would regret if I didn’t try to race with the best climbers

Michal Kwiatkowski in the bunch during stage at at la Vuelta

Perhaps the most telling moment of Michal Kwiatkowski’s difficult ascent of La Covatilla at the Vuelta a Espana came not on the 12-kilometre climb itself but just afterwards. Standing at the windswept summit, a member of the Team Sky staff gave the Polish rider a jacket to wear to keep warm on the six-kilometre descent to the team bus. But the pain in his left arm, injured in the crash on stage 7’s breakneck descent to Pozo Alcon, was too great for Kwiatkowski to put it on. Instead, Kwiatkowski rode back down the climb, jacketless, weary and presumably mulling over the two minutes lost to the rest of the favourites on the stage. 24 hours later, Kwiatkowski was still visibly tired, with bandages covering his lower left arm, yet he played down his problems. Beaten up and on the back foot he may be, but the GC battle, he told ...

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