Ben Swift on Milan-San Remo: 'Second is the worst place'

British sprinter Ben Swift reflects on his second podium appearance in Milan-San Remo, after narrowly missing out

Arnaud Demare wins, Ben Swift Second in the 2016 Milan-San Remo.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

In the Milan-San Remo chaos today, a shot of black emerged under the Italian Sun in the form Sky's Ben Swift. His last-minute charge was enough to overtake many along Via Roma, but not Frenchman Arnaud Démare (FDJ). After third in 2014, he placed second.

In the sun-soaked Ligurian seaside town, Swift followed up his team's work and avoided the crash of Fernando Gaviria (Etixx–QuickStep) to record his highest ever place in a monument.

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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.