Ben Swift: Yorkshire race the hardest Worlds I've done

The British champion finished 31st on a gruelling day at the World Championships

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Ben Swift says the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships road race was the hardest he's competed in during his career, with torrential rain and cold battering riders throughout the 261.8km race.

Great Britain's designated leader, Swift eventually finished down in 31st place at over six minutes down on winner Mads Pedersen, who won from a three-man breakaway group ahead of Matteo Trentin (Italy) and Stefan Küng (Switzerland).

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).