Prof. since: 2010
Style of rider: All-rounder
Hobbies: Video games
Favourite race: Tour de Pologne
Twitter name: @michalkwiatek
Kwiatkowski, which means "flowers" in Polish, is an up-and-coming talent on the international cycling scene, able to excel both in time trials and on climbs. Thanks to his victory in the opening TT at the Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen, but especially to significant placements in important WorldTour races like the Tour de Pologne and the Eneco Tour, which he closed out respectively in second and eighth place, he was one of the best, most consistent riders in 2012. Like Golas he comes from Torun, and the two men often train together. Michal loves dance music, fizzy drinks and ski jumping, a Polish national sport. His goal for 2013 is to further progress and make his debut in one of the three major stage races, most probably the Vuelta a España, to grow more as he looks forward to what is sure to be a bright future.
Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen Prologue
2010: Caja Rural
2011: Team RadioShack
2012: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Michal Kwiatkowski continued to demonstrate good form, and the ability to contest difficult finals with the best of the peloton, by placing 5th at 205km La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Michal Kwiatkowski was able to stay near the front of the 34 climb, 251km Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, even making his way into a select group on a slightly adjusted parcour that was sure to make the race one of attrition. Kwiatkowski and several others caught back to attacking World Champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) after the legendary Cauberg and contested a podium placing in the final meters. Kwiatkowski's 4th place finish was his first top 10 of a single day Classics race.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Michal Kwiatkowski made a key move on the Molenberg with about 120km to go in 256.2km Ronde van Vlaanderen, staying on the wheel of an attacking Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), eventually bridging to a group of seven riders ahead with a chase group, and staying away with 31km to go as the break dwindled down to just two riders once again. Kwiatkowski even led the pack up most of the climbs leading up to that point.