Strade Bianche's aftermath in 5 quotes
Mar 05 2017 02:39 am CET

Strade Bianche's aftermath in 5 quotes

The 2017 Strade Bianche finished with a solo victory of Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky after an eventful ride filled with crashes and rain. There's plenty to talk about as the riders recover from their efforts.

- "It’s great to have won this race twice. It’s also a great idea from the organizers to name a graveled sector after triple winners. I haven’t thought of which sector I’d like to have but I’m jealous of Fabian Cancellara who chose the Sante Marie. I don’t know if I’ll win three but I’m already looking forward to coming back." Michal Kwiatkowski, Team Sky.

- "I hope I’ll win this race one day. Every year I come with the expectation of winning but I’m getting older. Everything has to come together. I’ll come back and try to win." Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing Team.

- "I was a bit surprised that Kwiatkowski went solo from far out but he was very strong and he held it till the end. He really deserved to win. I was already close to winning a classic last year as I finished third at Il Lombardia. I need a bit more luck and a better day. For today, I’m happy with third." Tim Wellens, Lotto-Soudal.

- "When Michal attacked, we hesitated a bit, and once he got a gap, it was really difficult to bring him back. I love Strade Bianche, I feel comfortable on these gravel roads, you could see that also today I had good legs, but as I said, the result makes me sad. At the same time, it motivates me and I hope to carry my form into the next races and get my first victory of the season." Zdenek Stybar, Quick-Step Floors.

- "We all worked really hard at the beginning and the race situation exploded quite quickly. Luckily I was behind the crash and could come across to the front group. It was a good effort but I think it cost me a little bit in the final. I missed out on a little bit of punch to be in there with the best riders of the day. I was protected really well by the team and I’m happy to take 5th place." Tom Dumoulin, Team Sunweb.
Image: Strade Bianche logo





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