Ben Swift has signed a new contract with Team Sky, extending for a further two years until the end of the 2016 season.
Swift has enjoyed a strong season in 2014 after recovering from niggling shoulder injury, claiming stage wins in the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali and the Tour of the Basque Country. But perhaps his stand-out ride of the year was his third place in Milan-San Remo, where he showed that he has far more potential than as a bunch sprinter in his first outing in the prestigious race.
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“I’ve been with Team Sky since the start and five years on it really does feel like home to me. To keep that relationship going was really important so I’m delighted to be staying for another two years,” Swift said via a team statement. “I already have one eye on next season and with this team I know I can deliver some good results.”
The 26-year-old from Yorkshire is already planning his next season. “Next year I’m really looking forward to getting a solid winter behind me with no injuries, which unfortunately is something I lacked this year. I’m really focussed on getting a good block of training in place which will give me the platform to get good results in 2015,” he said.
Swift was the first rider to deliver a stage race win for Sky at the Tour of Picardie when the British WorldTour team made its debut in the 2010 season. Since then he has ridden in five Grand Tours for the squad and notched up 11 victories.
Team Sky rider makes the perfect dismount to avoid falling at the Tour of Britain
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