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Kwiatkowski braves the elements for Milan-San Remo recon

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Michal Kwiatkowski took stage honours during stage 2 at Volta ao Algarve

Michal Kwiatkowski took stage honours during stage 2 at Volta ao Algarve
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Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates winning the 2018 Volta ao Algarve

Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates winning the 2018 Volta ao Algarve
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michal Kwiatkowski wins the final stage and the overall at Volta ao Algarve

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the final stage and the overall at Volta ao Algarve
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Michal Kwiatkowski rides alone to the finish of stage 5 at Volta ao Algarve

Michal Kwiatkowski rides alone to the finish of stage 5 at Volta ao Algarve
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Michal Kwiatkowski in Team Sky's 2018 race kit

Michal Kwiatkowski in Team Sky's 2018 race kit
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Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski is already preparing to defend his 2017 Milan-San Remo title when the race rolls out next month, even enduring a day of training in the snow on the route of the Italian Monument. 

The polish rider posted a video on Twitter of himself riding in a snowstorm with the frosty precipitation piling up on his brow and glasses. "San-Remo recon done," Kwiatkowski says in the video. "Lovely."

The 291km race, which takes place March 17, has seen its snow days in the past, but Kwiatkowski - and the rest of the peloton, no doubt - will be hoping for a bit warner weather this year.

Kwiatkowski won last year's race in a three-up sprint ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphlippe (Quick-Step Floors), two weeks after he won Strade Bianche.  After San Remo he was second in Amstel Gold and third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

So far this year the 2014 World Champion has won two stages and the overall at Volta ao Algarve.