Ben Swift celebrating podium spot in his first Milan-San Remo

Ben Swift says he felt 'better and better' as the 300km Milan-San Remo progressed, eventually placing third

Alexander Kristoff wins the 2014 Milan-San Remo

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Sky's Ben Swift took charge on the road to San Remo today, along the wet coast leading to the finish. He agreed with team mate Edvald Boasson Hagen that he would go for the sprint and placed third behind winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) giving Great Britain its best result in Milan-San Remo since Mark Cavendish's win in 2009.

"I had good legs to day and just felt better and better as the race went on," Swift said at the finish. "On the Poggio climb, I waited for the attacks to come but I think the weather got to a lot of people."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.