Team News – Kwiatkowski Out of Tour


World road race champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx – Quick-Step) out of the Tour de France

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Team News – Kwiatkowski Out of Tour

UCI World Road Champion Michal Kwiatkowski withdrew from the race after falling into severe difficulty along the parcours. “It’s sad for me to leave a special race like Le Tour de France,” Michal Kwiatkowski said.

“Everyone knows how much I like this grand tour. Today I wanted to enter in a breakaway. I jumped a few times at the beginning together with Rigoberto Uran, but then suddenly I felt empty. I lost contact from the group on the first climb. I fought, hoping to recover, and maybe I could feel better along the parcours, but the situation didn’t change. I hung on until the intermediate sprint, but then I decided to stop”.

“There wasn’t anything left in the tank. It’s a difficult moment for me. You never want to stop in a race like this, especially when you have this rainbow jersey on your shoulders. My teammates were great these last couple of weeks in how they supported me. I want to thank them.”

“We had great time together and we achieved great results together. Now I have to recover, and then start thinking about the next race on my calendar. I want to thank all the people on the roads that cheered for me. I wish all the best to my teammates, hoping they can get another victory before the end of Le Tour.”


Podium for Uran
Etixx – Quick-Step rider Rigoberto Uran earned a 3rd place stage finish at the end of 161km Tour de France Stage 17 on Wednesday, putting himself into position for the podium thanks to impressive descending of Category 1 Col d’Allos (14km, 5.5) prior to the Category 2 finishing climb of Pra-Loup (6.2km, 6.5%).

“The truth is that it took a while today to get into the breakaway,” Uran said. “I lost a lot of energy to be in the front at the beginning. It wasn’t easy. I probably paid for the effort on the climb of first category, which is when Geschke went. I was also waiting to see what guys as Majka and Pinot were doing”.

“Then on the downhill, I tried to close the gap, but it was already too late. Congrats to Geschke. Concerning me, I’m happy with my third place even if we are always out there to try and win a stage. This stage was really hard, and in the next days it will be just as tough, if not more tough. But I will try again in the next days. It won’t be easy, but we have to take the risk to get into the breakaway and see what we can do in the final days.”

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