Team Sky

It is now hard to believe that the team that has in recent years dominated the world’s largest cycling race, the Tour de France, has had such a short history, founded as recently as February 2009. It came into existence amidst the British sporting boom brought about by the 2012 London Olympic Games. Success was supposed to come within five years. It came even quicker. As soon as 2012, Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France. A year later, the most prized cycling trophy was won by Chris Froome. The amazing Englishman dominated the “Grande Boucle” again in 2015 and 2016. 4 victories in 5 years is an impressive feat.

Team Sky’s success rests upon three pillars: a high budget, a constant search of marginal gains and – most of all – people. “Everyone here is incredibly motivated to do their job as well as possible. From the driver to the massage therapists to the coaches to the cyclists. Seeing the commitment of these people, we all do our best” – says Michał Kwiatkowski.

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Team Sky cyclists won 4 out of 5 editions of the Tour de France between 2012 and 2015, including 14 stages.

Did you know?

Tim Kerrison, head of performance support at Team Sky, used to coach swimmers and is one of the fathers of the success of Australian swimming.

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This is how many countries Team Sky’s cyclists for the 2017 season come from.

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This is how many Poles work for Team Sky. Besides the three cyclists – Michał Kwiatkowski, Michał Gołaś and Łukasz Wiśniowski – there are also massage therapists: Marek Sawicki and Jacek Walczak.

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Chris Froome constantly inspires me. His persistence in following his goals is impressive

TEAM SKY
3x Tour de France winner

Chris Froome

2015 Time Trial World Champion

Vasil Kiryienka

2016 Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner

Wout Poels

2016 Olympic Gold Medalist

Elia Viviani

2016 Paris-Nice winner

Geraint Thomas

2017 Columbian National Champion

Sergio Henao

KWIATO & GOŁY

None of Michał Kwiatkowski’s tremendous successes would have been possible without Michał Gołaś. The two met in the Pacific Toruń team. From 2012, they both represented Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Gołaś became Kwiatkowski’s most trusted helper. “He was with me in all the best and hardest moments. I can definitly say he’s a good friend” – says Kwiato.