Making his debut at the Friends Life Tour of Britain, Michal Kwiatkowski turned out to be one of the stars of the show, with a stage win and aggressive riding.

Having taken victory on Stage Four in Bristol, Kwiatkowski became not only the first Polish stage winner in the history of the modern race, but also the first Polish rider to wear the Friends Life Yellow Jersey.

Finishing in the top ten on six of the nine stages, Kwiatkowski took the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey, and also finished second overall, just ten seconds behind overall  winner Dylan Van Baarle.

"We cannot be disappointed. I won a stage and took the Points Jersey and the team won three stages overall. That’s amazing in a race when you have just six riders, it’s so difficult to control.  It was a very tough race, every single days was like a Classic, up and down, riding full gas all the time. I'm very happy about my condition and that I finished second. It was great preparation for the World Championship.  Good kilometres, good weather, and hard racing have prepared me well. My morale is high and I know I'm on the right path."


"Some people say that we made a mistake in not controlling the break on Friday but it is very difficult and those guys in front are great riders. We saw again on Saturday the Movistar could not control the break either. That's racing!”

In addition to Kwiatowski’s Bristol win, teammates Mark Renshaw and Julien Vermote won in Llandudno and Brighton respectively, but one Omega Pharma Quick-Step rider not getting amongst the wins was Mark Cavendish, suffering the effects all week of his Stage One crash.

"It's been a great week riding with the team," Cavendish said. "The boys rode really hard and they've given everything. The team spirit has been fantastic. At the end of the day I've had a hard week. I would have liked to have won the stage but it wasn't a perfect finish. At the end of the day Kittel also had a little more left in the tank. But I'm happy, especially after crashing early in this Tour of Britain. I'll come back next season stronger and fitter, and will look again to win with the help of my teammates."

You can relive the highlights of Kwiatowski’s Stage Four victory in Bristol below.