Kwiatkowski: My body was yelling for recovery

Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos) at the Saitama Criterium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

After a disappointing first season with Team Sky – now Team Ineos – in 2016, Michal Kwiatkowski came roaring back in 2017 and 2018, with a string of high-profile victories and and a key support role in Chris Froome's and Geraint Thomas' Tour de France victories. 

However, 2019 saw things veer drastically from the script. After an encouraging start to the campaign, with podium finishes at Milan-San Remo and Paris-Nice, Kwiatkowski fell well short of his best. He was anonymous at the Tour, and then made the decision to skip the Tour de Pologne – his home race – and the World Championships, effectively ending his season. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.