Swift benefits from Sky's strength & crashes for first win

Ben Swift, stage winner, Tour Down Under 2011 stage two

Britain's Ben Swift won his first race of the season - and the first for a British rider - at the Tour Down Under today in Mannum, Australia. He benefited from Sky's versatility and a crash involving fellow Brit Mark Cavendish.

"It comes down to strength in numbers," Sky's sports director, Shane Sutton explained. "Swift was up on [Geraint] Thomas' wheel and he just benefited from the carnage behind him."

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