Vuelta: Kwiatkowski thanks Kennaugh for Red Jersey
Aug 22 2016 01:59 am CET

Vuelta: Kwiatkowski thanks Kennaugh for Red Jersey
Vuelta: Kwiatkowski thanks Kennaugh for Red Jersey

Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski has thanked his teammate Pete Kennaugh for giving him the chance to wear the leader's jersey in the 2016 Vuelta a España.

The rider arrived to the finish line in fourth place in the second stage of the Vuelta which was good enough for him to get the Red Jersey.

"I had the opportunity to get the red jersey and it's an incredible feeling. It's one of the nicest starts to a race I've ever had - winning the team time trial in a Grand Tour with Team Sky is incredible. I'm really thankful to Pete that he gave me this opportunity to sprint in today's final, and to go for the bonifications and also the red jersey. Thanks to the team for making it possible," he said.

"Two kilometers before the final he asked me if I wanted to sprint and I accepted. He was up there in the mix and he led me out. We were sure that Chris was safe and he was up there in the front of the group and avoided the crash, so there was no risk that he would lose time," the Polish cyclist added.

"We knew that (Jose Joaquin) Rojas could sprint for bonifications in today's stage and he was one of the guys who could take the Red Jersey. I was looking at him before the finish but I decided to sprint for it. We didn't want to give the Red Jersey away for free, as I think we deserve it after such a ride yesterday."

Kwiatkowski knows that in the next stages it is time to continue working for the team's main objective. "Tomorrow we have a pretty hard summit finish. We came here with one goal for this Vuelta a España with Chris Froome. Let's hope we can put him in the right position to gain some time, or certainly not lose time, in the GC."

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Photo of Michal Kwiatkowski (cropped) by Team Sky.





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