Kwiatkowski’s palmares are full of victories in all manner of races – Milan-San Remo (2017), the Amstel Gold Race (2015), E3 Harelbeke (2016), Strade Bianche (2014, 2017) and the World Championships, but his record in the Tour of Flanders has been less successful. Out of three starts, his best result was 27th place in 2016 and Sunday will be his first cobbled race of the season.
But Kwiatkowski is only one of a handful of possibilities for Team Sky, says directeur sportif Servais Knaven.
“It’s one of the biggest races of the year so of course everyone is really up for it,” Knaven said in a press release.
The team also includes 23-year-old Gianni Moscon, who has been there or thereabouts in this week’s build-up races and last year came in 15th in the Tour of Flanders.
Dylan van Baarle will also have another go after narrowly missing the podium in last year’s Tour of Flanders, coming third out of the three-man sprint behind winner Philippe Gilbert while racing with the Cannondale-Drapac squad.
“We have a very strong lineup,” Knaven says. “If you look at Gianni, Kwiato, Dylan, Luke [Rowe], Ian [Stannard] and then the super helpers Christian [Knees] and Michal [Golas] – I think we have a really good team who can ride well and protect the leaders on the flat and between the climbs. Then we have a few cards to play in the pre-final and the final.”
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