Kwiatkowski, Moscon and Poels set plans for 2019
Jan 08 2019 04:04 am CET

Kwiatkowski, Moscon and Poels set plans for 2019
Kwiatkowski, Moscon and Poels set plans for 2019
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Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon and Wout Poels have set their main goals for the 2019 season.

The Polish rider has set his eyes on Liege-Bastogne-Liege, a race in which he has taken two third places, in 2014 and 2017. "My main goal for the first part of the season is to be in the best shape possible for the Ardennes," he commented. "Let's hope I can be up there amongst the best riders to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege. I've slightly changed my approach to the season and I will start later, at the UAE Tour, then probably Paris-Nice and Pais Vasco so not as much racing [as 2018].

"I hope to be in the best shape possible for the Tour de France and in the last part of the season, I would like to do some Classics for a change. I might go to Canada and I'd like to be in the best shape possible for Il Lombardia and the World Championships in Yorkshire."

Moscon will start in the Spring Classics and make his debut in the Giro d'Italia in May. "The main object for the next season is the Classics in Belgium, the pave Classics, and then I'm really looking forward to the Giro: my first Giro d'Italia," the Italian explained.

"Riding the Giro d'Italia is really exciting for me. As an Italian kid I grew up watching the Giro and now to be there on that screen with all my family watching in Italy will be amazing."

Poels will start his 2019 season at the Tour Down Under. He's already in Australia getting used to the summer and after the race, he will return to Europe, where he will ride the Volta ao Algarve, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Ardennes.

"Normally we would arrive two days before a race but of course with the time difference, plus the fact it's full summer over here, it made sense to come out here for two weeks before the race starts," the Dutchman commented. "It's good, especially with the weather - it's important to acclimatise. Today it was 30, 32 degrees, and it's humid - so we're sweating a lot!

"I've never done the Tour Down Under and I've always thought it's an interesting race to do. I started to think about it last year, spoke to Tim [Kerrison], and I think it's a nice goal to start the season with."
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