TOP TEN FOR SWIFT IN SWITZERLAND

Britain?s Ben Swift of the Russian Katusha team is quickly finding his feet in the professional ranks. He finished in the top ten in both his races at the weekend.

Swift was eighth in the prestigious one-day GP Lugano in Switzerland yesterday.

The Briton braved the torrential rain and cold conditions to take eighth on the day, with Remi Pauriol of the Cofidis team taking the win. Swift led in a group containing Fabian Wegmann and Damiano Cunego, 16 seconds behind the winner. Britain’s Dan Fleeman (Cervélo) was 16th, at 35seconds.

On Saturday, Swift was 10th in the Giro dell’Insurbia over the border in northern Italy. The race was won by Francesco Ginanni of Italy. Daniel Lloyd of Cervélo was 14th, Geraint Thomas was 31st.

TOP TEN RESULTS FOR BRITISH RIDERS

Jeremy Hunt’s third place in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Ben Swift’s two top 10 placings made it a fine weekend in what is already shaping up to be a great season for Britain’s pro riders.

Here’s a breakdown of results for British riders in top-ranked pro events. We’ve included top ten results in one-day races and overall classifications plus stage wins.

Stage win, Tour of Qatar ? Roger Hammond (Cervélo)

Stage win, Tour of Qatar ? Mark Cavendish (Columbia)

Stage win, Tour of Qatar ? Mark Cavendish (Columbia)

3rd overall, Tour of Qatar ? Roger Hammond (Cervélo)

4th overall, Tour of Qatar ? Daniel Lloyd (Cervélo)

9th overall, Tour of Qatar ? Mark Cavendish (Columbia)

Stage win, Tour of California ? Mark Cavendish (Columbia)

Stage win, Tour of California ? Mark Cavendish (Columbia)

10th overall, Tour of the Algarve ? David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream)

7th, Trofeo Laigueglia ? Steve Cummings (Barloworld)

10th, GP Insurbria ? Ben Swift (Katusha)

3rd, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne ? Jeremy Hunt (Cervélo)

8th, GP Lugano ? Ben Swift (Katusha)

Leader’s jerseys

Bradley Wiggins ? one day in gold, Tour of Qatar

Roger Hammond ? one day in gold, Tour of Qatar

Mark Cavendish ? overall winner points competition, Tour of California


BLYTHE IN BELGIUM

Despite suffering from a slight knee injury, Britain?s Adam Blythe (DAVO) began his season on Saturday at the Beverbeek Classic in Belgium.

Blythe finished an impressive sixth, with the race ending in a bunch sprint, won by Andreas Schillinger (Nutrixxion Sparkasse).

Also present were Theo Bos (Rabobank Continental) who has made the transition from track to road this year and Frank Vandenbroucke (Cinelli-Down Under).


EARLY SEASON LEG-STRETCHERS

The traditional British road season openers produced contrasting weather conditions and wins for Rob Hayles and Marcin Bialoblocki.

National road champion Hayles got his white jersey grubby at a cold and wet Clayton Velo Spring Classic in Cumbria.

The Halfords Bikehut leader led team-mates Ian Wilkinson, Rob Partridge and Mark McNally across the line having dropped the remainder of the elite group and all the other categories in the 90km handicap race.

The 37th edition of the Severn Bridge road race, held in warm sunshine in Gloucestershire, went to Sports Beans-Wilier?s Marcin Biablocki. The Pole outsprinted breakaway companion James Millard (Plowman Craven-Madison) with Millard?s team-mate Marc Perry crossing the line in third.


RICHARDSON ACCEPTS MBE

Multi Paralympic medal-winning cyclist Simon Richardson, returned from a successful trip to Australia to accept his MBE from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, on Friday.

After taking two golds and a silver medal at the Beijing Paralympics,

the Welshman was awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen?s New Year honours list.

“Visiting the palace and getting the MBE was a great honour. I worked hard for my medals and I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved with the

British team,” Simon explained.

Regarding his plans for the coming year, Richardson commented: “I’ve just come back from Australia where I raced in the Aussie nationals. It was quite a shock to the system with the change in temperature, but I was pleased with my rides.

?I came home with two golds and the two fastest times on Aussie soil in my group. Next on the agenda is a training camp with the Great Britain squad in Majorca. After that I’m back to home racing with the Rudy Project time trial series.

?I’m training hard, feeling good and looking forward to racing,” he concluded.


RAPHA IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Rapha Condor team was in action at the Tour of Boland in South Africa last week.

The team placed three riders in the top ten of the final general classification, with Tom Southam, Darren Lapthorne and Simon Richardson finishing 3rd, 8th and 9th respectively.

The team will stay in South Africa for the upcoming Giro del Capo before heading home to tackle a hectic domestic calendar.


BRITISH WOMEN IN BELGIUM

The Great Britain women?s team took to the line in the women?s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.

Annie Last and Jess Allen were an impressive 11th and 14th respectively, with the same time as the winner, Suzanne de Goede of the Nürnberger Versicherung team.

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