Ben Swift took second place behind Australian sprinter Graeme Brown in the Belgian semi-Classic Nokere Koerse today.

The British rider is a first-year professional with the Russian superteam Katusha and has already impressed with two top ten placings this season.

Brown of Rabobank won the sprint after a crash near the finish. Third place went to French rider Sébastien Chavanel (Française des Jeux), brother of Quick Step’s Sylvain.

BRITISH TOP TENS IN 2009

British riders have enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2009 season, with a string of top ten finishes in one-day and stage races.

1st place

Feb 2: Roger Hammond (Tour of Qatar, stage two)

Feb 4: Mark Cavendish (Tour of Qatar, stage four)

Feb 6: Mark Cavendish (Tour of Qatar, stage six)

Feb 18: Mark Cavendish (Tour of California, stage four)

Feb 19: Mark Cavendish (Tour of California, stage five)

Mar 5: Chris Froome (Giro del Capo Challenge 2)

Mar 6: Steve Cummings (Giro del Capo Challenge 3)

Mar 17: Mark Cavendish (Tirreno-Adriatico, stage seven)

2nd place

Mar 18: Ben Swift (Nokere Koerse)

3rd place

Mar 1: Jeremy Hunt (Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne)

7th place

Feb 21: Steve Cummings (Trofeo Laigueglia)

8th place

Mar 1: Ben Swift (GP Lugano)

9th place

Mar 7: Daniel Lloyd (Eroica Monte Paschi)

10th place

Feb 22: David Millar (Tour of the Algarve, overall)

Feb 28: Ben Swift (Giro dell’Insubria)

RELATED LINKS

Ben Swift: Rider Profile