Former World Road Race Champion and Tour of Britain stage winner Michal Kwiatkowski will return to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time since his memorable performances in the 2014 Tour.

As a part of their announcement yesterday confirming that the 27-year-old has extended his contract with the squad, Team Sky also confirmed that the Polish rider will be racing in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which starts on Sunday 3 September in Edinburgh.

Following a break after being a part of Chris Froome’s victorious campaign at the Tour de France, Kwiatkowski spoke to the team about his plans for the rest of the reason.

“I will return to racing at the GP de Plouay,” he revealed. “Then I will race the Tour of Britain, I hope to do the World Team Time Trial Championship, and then the World Championship Road Race, before finishing my season at Il Lombardia. Right now I’m an altitude camp in Livigno, preparing for the second half of the season.

“Racing in Britain always brings back memories of the massive crowds at the 2012 Olympics and the start of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire. The Tour of Britain is always the same. It’s a race that suits me and I was happy to finish second in 2014. We will see how it goes this year – I will have a big motivation to be in good shape as it’s just one week before the world championships.”

Multiple Tour de France Champion Chris Froome took a break from his Vuelta a Espana preparations to pay tribute to teammate Kwiatkowski.

He said: “Kwiato has had a brilliant year. He’s obviously had some great wins himself, but to me his performance in the Tour de France epitomised everything about him and what he brings to Team Sky.

“As a rider he is just so versatile and selfless. Whether that’s riding at the front on the flat, his understanding of how a race is unfolding, getting his teammates into the right position in the sprints or being last man in be mountains.

“He’s the definition of an all-round rider and we’re lucky to have him.”

Kwiatkowski has one previous participation in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, in 2014 when he won Stage Four to Bristol (pictured below) before finishing second overall and winning the, then, Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey. You can relive his victory in this video.

Team Sky are among the 20 world-class teams to have been announced for the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain earlier this week, to find out all of the teams competing please click here. Further rider announcements will come throughout August ahead of the full provisional rider list at the end of the month.

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