Ben Swift looking to put 'worst 18 months' of his career behind him

07 August 2018 02:50
When Ben Swift announced that he would be leaving Team Sky at the end of 2016, the decision was met with a sense of collective praise from those outside the British team. Finally, the cycling world would witness what the talented all-rounder could do when he wasn't required to slog himself for a GC rider on the front of a strung-out peloton. Almost two years later and Swift stands at another crossroads, but not the one he would have hoped for. By his own admission, this has been the 'worst 18 months' of his career but, with his health back to 100 per cent and a well-suited race programme to feast on, the 30-year-old has time to demonstrate to himself, and the wider audience, that the move from Team Sky to UAE Team Emirates wasn't an error. "This year has changed a hell of a lot," Swift tells Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "The big focus originally for me was on the Giro d'Italia, and then the Tour de France. I was going to go to the Giro to support Fabio [Aru] and then take my own opportunities, and then go the Tour and work for Dan [Martin] and take opportunities there too. But I crashed and broke my back in Flanders and that really changed everything." In truth, Swift's 2017 season didn't fare much better. He enjoyed 75 race days but niggling injuries, illnesses and the transition to a new team during their debut season ate away at his chances of success. There were a sprinkling of top-tens but his standout result came at the World Championships, where he finished fifth in the sprint behind Peter Sagan. The result represented what should have been the perfect launchpad into 2018 but this year he has struggled once more. His crash at the Tour of Flanders effectively ruined the remainder of his spring and would eventually see him miss the Tour de France in July. Contract talks You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News