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Michal Kwiatkowski took 34 Strava KOMs at the Vuelta only to get flagged

Joe Robinson
6 Sep 2018

Somebody took exception to the Polish rider taking a clean sweep of Strava KOMs

Most of us treat our Strava KOMs with a sense of pride and we can all get a little defensive when somebody makes an attempt to snatch them away from us. However, one person has taken it a step further by flagging Michal Kwiatkowski's strava file from yesterday's stage of the Vuelta a Espana.

The Pole spent most of the day in the peloton, averaging a fair tempo as they attempted to keep a large breakaway within touching distance. In doing so, the former race leader averaged over 41.2km/h taking 34 Strava King of the Mountains along the way. 

This whitewash of Strava segments in the north of Spain caused one local rider to take particular offence at Kwiatkowski's ride, so much so that they took it upon themselves to flag his ride.

While flagged, Kwiatkowski's times will no longer show on the leaderboard meaning he has effectively lost the 34 KOMs that he took yesterday. While it's probably of no concern for the Team Sky man, it is pretty funny that someone found the Vuelta passing through their area as so unjust that they took the time to flag the ride.

Ironically, flagging Kwiatkowski has done little to purge the Strava top 10s of professional riders. With riders like Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and even stage winner Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) also posting their rides to the popular app, many of the segments covered are now dominated by the professional peloton.

Additionally, some segments have since seen Kwiatkowski's times usurped, largely by the flying Austrian Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Strava will likely reinstate Kwiatkowski of his ride, as he technically broke none of the rules of the app,  therefore giving him back his rightful achievements. 

Today, more Strava segments will likely be up for grabs on Stage 12 from Mondonedo to Faro de Estaca de Bares, a hilly 181km route across the north coast of Spain.

The stage could represent the final opportunity for World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) as he continues his preparation for an unprecedented fourth consecutive rainbow jersey.