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Kwiatkowski battles through illness to help Froome at Criterium du Dauphine

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Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at the Tour of Flanders

Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) at the Tour of Flanders
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Chris Froome on stage 2 of the Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome on stage 2 of the Criterium du Dauphine
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Michal Kwiatkowski attacks during stage 2 at the Criterium du Dauphine

Michal Kwiatkowski attacks during stage 2 at the Criterium du Dauphine
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Michal Kwiatkowski confirmed to Cyclingnews that he has been suffering with an as-yet undiagnosed illness during this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné.

The former world champion was surprisingly dropped by the peloton on the short late climb on stage 3 and finished nearly nine minutes down on stage winner Fabio Aru.

"I think I’m on the way to preparing for the Tour and the rest of the season. I’ve made a nice programme and I felt great on the first and second stages but today I felt a bit sick in my lungs. I don’t know what it is but I need to see the doctor.”

The Pole had been brought into the team in order to deliver one-day success and form part of Chris Froome’s core Tour de France squad. He has spent time in recent months training with Froome and other members of the team at altitude.