Ben Swift takes first step in battle for Giro d'Italia selection

The former British national road champion cut a relaxed figure at the Tour Down Under on Wednesday

Ben Swift at the Tour Down Under 2023
(Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty)

Ben Swift cut a relaxed figure on stage one of the Tour Down Under, maybe because of his experience or maybe because he miscalculated his off-season break and extended it by a week.

The 35-year-old has opened his 2023 campaign with Ineos Grenadiers at the race, which Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost) leads after stage one, for the first time since 2017.  

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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.