Ben Swift pipped by Giant German Marcel Kittel in fast Giro d'Italia sprint

Sky sprinter looks ahead to next chances as the Grand Tour moves to Italy

Marcel Kittel beats Ben Swift to win stage three of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

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Ben Swift appeared primed to claim a career-defining maiden Grand Tour stage at the Giro d’Italia yesterday but was consigned to second when German supremo Marcel Kittel went all-in for the win.

Swift recovered from a near crash within the final 20km of the third stage to Dublin and was set-up beautifully by Sky teammates on the technical finish in which Edvald Boasson Hagen guided the peloton through a chicane inside the last 500m.

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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.