Michal Kwiatkowski: Alaphilippe winning races is always nice to watch

Michal Kwiatkowski
Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski at the 2020 World Championships road race in Imola, Italy (Image credit: Getty Images)

Michal Kwiatkowski summed up perfectly the feeling in Imola at the World Championships and across much of the sport after Julian Alaphilippe won the world title with a gutsy solo attack. The Frenchman set-up his world title win, as he so often does, attacking all-out on the final climb and then blasting to victory. Kwiatkowski was beaten by Switzerland's Marc Hirschi by just a few centimetres and so missed out on the bronze medal, yet his appreciation for Alaphilippe's panache outweighed his own disappointment.  

"There are some regrets that we were not fighting for the rainbow at the end of the day but I’m super happy for Julian," Kwiatkowski told Cyclingnews.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.