Ben Swift: 'I took a drink and then the break split. A demonstration of how to mess up a race'

UAE-Team Emirates Ben Swift was frustrated that he was unable to contest the final kilometres of stage 19 of the Tour de France

Ben Swift on stage 18 of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Ben Swift (UAE-Team Emirates) bemoaned the mistiming of taking a drink, as a day-long breakaway proved fruitless on stage 19 of the Tour de France.

The British sprinter was part of the 20-man break that formed early on in the mammoth 222.5km stage from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence, which was won by Dimension Data's Edvald Boasson Hagen.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.