Ben Swift puts team problems behind him as he focuses on Milan-San Remo

British rider Ben Swift quickly settles into life at the UAE Abu Dhabi team as he builds up to this year's Milan-San Remo

Ben Swift at the 2017 Tour Down Under

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Ben Swift is confident that he and UAE Abu Dhabi are on course for a Milan-San Remo title tilt despite the distraction of the team’s well-documented sponsorship woes late last year.

The 29-year-old opened his season with the squad, which he has transferred to after a seven-year tenure at Team Sky, at the Tour Down Under on Tuesday, conscious of the number of weeks to the first Monument of 2017 on March 18.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.