Prof. since: 2007
Style of rider: All-rounder
Hobbies: Music, Kitchen, Economy
Favourite race: Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix
Twitter name: @golasmichal
In 2012, Goly — as his teammates affectionately call him — captured the first victory of his career by winning the Polish national championship. It was an important success for the 28-year-old Pole, who recently became a father of a daugher, named Helena. Last season Michal was also the first Polish rider in history to wear the climber's jersey in the Giro d'Italia. In addition to being a solid rider, Michal is also a businessman and runs a bicycle shop in his native city, Torun. He loves traditional Polish cooking and anything Italian. In 2013 Goly will once again be a valuable support player on the team.
National road Championship
2008: Cycle Collstrop
2009: Amica Chips - Knauff (till 31-07)
2009: Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team (from 01-08)
2010: Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
2011: Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team
2012: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
The slightly uphill sprint finish of the 203km Stage 5 of Giro d'Italia came down to a lone rider, John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) taking up the chase in the final km to pass an attacking Marco Canola (Bardian Valvole - CSF Inox) and win the stage. There was also a crash near the flamme rouge that complicated the approach to the finish.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Michal Golas finished 21st, with a very select group of only 30 or so riders in the 246km Stage 4 of Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.
The Giro d'Italia top GC contenders wasted absolutely no time establishing their positions, creating a select group of about 33 riders that battled it out for the 222km, Stage 3 victory on Monday.