The newly crowned world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, will be showing-off his coveted rainbow jersey at this Sunday’s Giro di Lombardia.
Kwiatkowski will wrap up his season by racing in the 248-kilometer classic, which features numerous challenging climbs such as Madonna del Ghisallo, the Passo di Ganda and the Bergamo, which possess gradients as much as 15% at times.
“I probably will realize what I’ve truly done when I wear the rainbow jersey at the start of Il Lombardia,” said Kwiatkowski. “About Il Lombardia, I’ve never been able to finish it. I got sick last year the night before the start. So with this jersey, I at least have to do better than last year . To me it’s beautiful to show my jersey for the first time in a monument.”
“The last days were a little bit hectic,” Kwiatkowski said. “I went home after a great welcome at the Warsaw airport. My family and my girlfriend were there, along with many journalists and supporters. It was really nice to meet all those people and see how huge cycling has become in Poland.
“To be honest I still have to realize what I did. I’m still in shock, even now. When I think about that race, after the finish I was really confused because it was so incredible. It’s like when you dream during the night and then everything comes true. It’s something I am still processing. The last days of my life have been completely different than before.
“Let’s see what I can do considering all the great emotions I’ve had in the last days. Of course I will try to do my best to honor the race and the jersey.”
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