They may be suffering myriad problems off the road, but on it the wheels keep turning smoothly. Embattled Team Sky claimed the biggest one-day race in the team’s history when Michal Kwiatkowski, the 2014 world road champion, won in Milan-San Remo on Saturday.
The Pole took a three-up sprint on the famous Via Roma against the reigning world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors). That trio had gone clear on the final climb of the race, the Poggio, after Sagan had launched his attack with just over a kilometre remaining to the summit of the climb.
And despite the Slovakian briefly opening up a lead over the other two, they came back together for a thrilling sprint finish in which Sagan led into the final 500 metres. Despite a few flicks of the elbow he was unable to get his rivals to raise the tempo, meaning he was forced to go long. Kwiatkowski came around Sagan’s left-hand side on the Via Roma and the two crossed the line together, requiring a photo finish to separate them.
“Winning Milan-San Remo is an incredible feeling I’m really thankful for my team-mates,” Kwiatkowski said. “I didn’t expect Sagan would go on the Poggio. It looked like it was leading to a bunch sprint.”
Meanwhile, Dame Sarah Storey, GB’s most successful female Paralympic athlete of all time, has launched a new women’s road team with husband Barney.Storey Racing is intended to help British riders make the leap to World Tour. Storey, whose team Podium Ambition folded last year due to financial pressures, admits she is still looking for a commercial partner.