Kwiatkowski has enjoyed a fine season so far, winning the Volta ao Algarve and Tirreno-Adriatico. He has been keeping an eye on the Classics back home as he put the finishing touches to his Ardennes preparation.
“I was watching the races. I’d start training quite early to see the finals and there were no regrets that I wasn’t here! It was the best decision to skip those races because they looked really tough, and that was some hard racing from which I’d probably never recover for the Ardennes.
“They looked like good fun. I never took a nap, which sometimes after being out training for four, five, six hours, the time those races finish is perfect for a nap but I couldn’t! It was exciting racing.”
With no clear favourite emerging from the early-season Classics, Kwiatkowski believes a number of big name riders will be in contention for the win.
“Every race is different, every year is different, but maybe you can’t name one guy as the main favourite. But there are plenty of strong guys and it will be no surprise if they win the race.
“If you make the right move and you have your day, it could be your day.”