Benjamin Ian Swift (born 5 November 1987) is an English professional track and road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers. Swift won the scratch race at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the men's elite road race at the 2019 British National Road Race Championships. His cousin, Connor Swift, is also an English professional road racing cyclist, and the 2018 British champion.
|Full name||Benjamin Ian Swift|
|Born||5 November 1987|
Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)|
|Current team||Ineos Grenadiers|
|?||Scunthorpe Poly CC|
|Autumn 2007||100% Me|
|2017–2018||UAE Abu Dhabi|
|One-day races and Classics|
Swift was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, he began cycling with Mossley Cycle Racing Team aged 12. In 2003, he came second to fellow Olympian Steven Burke in the under 16 national scratch race championship. As a junior rider, Swift competed at the Junior Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in the points race, he won two national titles, the junior points race championship in 2004 followed by the junior scratch race in 2005. He also competed in the senior scratch race in 2005, demonstrating his ability by finishing third to take the bronze medal. Swift began competing internationally, winning several madison events. In 2012 he won the World Championship Men's Scratch Race, becoming Great Britain's first ever World Scratch Champion.
During 2008 he raced for the British Cycling development team and won his first UCI ranked race. He represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games road race and at the UCI Road World Championships where he finished fourth in the under 23 race.
In 2009 he was selected to ride the Giro d'Italia, taking a third-place finish in stage 2. He took his first professional win on the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain, leading Katusha teammate Filippo Pozzato in a one-two finish. Swift spoke with Cyclingnews.com in 2009, describing himself as "an allrounder, who can do well in the Classics and win stages. 'My weakness is in the time trial. I don't like doing them and I'm not really that good at them.'"
Swift joined the newly formed British-based Team Sky in January 2010. His transfer to Sky from Team Katusha part way through his contract was instrumental in the Union Cycliste Internationale considering new regulations for the transfer of riders between teams. During his first season with Sky Swift's most significant result came at the Tour de Picardie, at which he won one stage, the general classification, the points classification and best young rider.
2011 saw Swift win his first stage of a UCI World Tour race, winning stage two of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Four days later he also won stage six. Swift won Stage 2 of the Tour of California, and took the lead of the race, after Stage 1 was cancelled due to adverse weather. Swift was selected for the Tour de France ahead of Greg Henderson, and finished 6th on Stage 15.
In 2012 Swift focused on track cycling with a view to representing Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games. On 4 April, Swift won the Scratch Race at the World Championships to take the rainbow jersey. He finished second in the points race, and joined forces with Geraint Thomas to take silver in the madison.
Swift was scheduled to ride the Giro d'Italia, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a broken shoulder in a crash during a training ride the week before. Although he failed to gain selection from the long list for the British Olympic team, he was picked for the Team Sky squad for the Tour de Pologne, winning the second and fifth stages, as well as wearing that Tour's red-and-white points classification jersey Swift was selected as Sky's sprinter at the 2012 Vuelta a España, and finished second on Stage 18.
In March 2014, Swift achieved one of his biggest results to date by finishing third in Milan–San Remo. In April 2015, Swift crashed out of the newly created Tour de Yorkshire, injuring his shoulder.
UAE Abu DhabiEdit
Return to Team SkyEdit
In October 2018, Swift rejoined Team Sky for the 2019 season. In June 2019, Swift won the British National Road Race Championships in Norwich, beating team leader Ian Stannard. In September 2019, Swift signed a new contract to remain with Team Ineos until the end of the 2021 season. Swift said he had 'found a renewed enthusiasm and motivation for the sport'.
- 1st Points race, National Junior Track Championships
- 1st Scratch race, National Junior Track Championships
- 1st Rotterdam Junior 2-day madison
- 1st Nights 1 & 2
- 1st Dortmund Under-23 3-day madison
- 2nd Team pursuit, National Track Championships
- 1st Team pursuit, UEC European Under-23 Track Championships
- Giro delle Regioni
- 1st Mountains classification
- 1st Stage 4
- 1st Mountains classification Tour of Britain
- 3rd Milan–Busseto
- 4th Gran Premio della Liberazione
- 5th Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
- 7th La Côte Picarde
- 1st Coppa della Pace
- 1st GP Coppa Romita
- 1st Stage 5 Giro della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc
- 4th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
- 4th Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
- 6th Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo
- 10th Gran Premio della Liberazione
- 1st Stage 7 Tour of Britain
- 2nd Nokere Koerse
- 8th Gran Premio di Lugano
- 10th Gran Premio dell'Insubria-Lugano
- 1st Overall Tour de Picardie
- 2nd Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
- 1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Castilla y León
- 1st Stage 5 Tour de Romandie
- 1st Stage 2 Tour of California
- 3rd Overall Tour Down Under
- 1st Stages 2 & 6
- UCI Track World Championships
- Tour de Pologne
- 4th Road race, National Road Championships
- 3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
- 3rd Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
- 5th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
- 10th Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
- 10th RideLondon–Surrey Classic
- Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
- 1st Points classification
- 1st Stages 1a & 1b (TTT)
- 1st Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
- 2nd Road race, National Road Championships
- 2nd RideLondon–Surrey Classic
- 2nd Trofeo Ses Salines
- 3rd Trofeo Muro–Port d'Alcúdia
- 3rd Milan–San Remo
- 8th Nokere Koerse
- 2nd Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
- 3rd Trofeo Playa de Palma
- 3rd RideLondon–Surrey Classic
- 7th Trofeo Santanyi–Ses Salines–Campos
- 9th International Road Cycling Challenge
- 9th Japan Cup
- 1st Points classification Vuelta a Andalucía
- 2nd Milan–San Remo
- 7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
- 7th Gran Piemonte
- 8th Overall Tour of Britain
- 8th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
- 5th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
- 5th Road race, National Road Championships
- 10th Eschborn–Frankfurt
- 8th Road race, National Road Championships
- 1st Road race, National Road Championships
- 8th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
- 10th Milano–Torino
Grand Tour results timelineEdit
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- "Team Ineos". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
- "British Cycling Biography". British cycling. Archived from the original on 17 July 2007.
- "Ineos Grenadiers". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
- "HSBC UK │National Road Race Championships 2019". British Cycling. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Stephen Farrand (26 September 2008). "Swift Impresses in his Final Amateur Race at World Championships". Cycling Weekly.
- McManus, Gerry (18 September 2009). "Swift's sweet victory in Somerset". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- Susan Westemeyer (21 April 2009). "A Swift start to his career". CyclingNews.
- Shane Stokes (4 January 2010). "Swift set to move to Team Sky". CyclingNews.
- "Swift wins delayed start to Tour of California". Reuters. 17 May 2011. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
- Nigel Wynn (23 June 2011). "Sky's Tour de France squad announced: Swift selected | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Simon MacMichael (17 July 2011). "Tour de France Stage 15 reaction: Cav says green jersey not won yet, Swift feeling better as race goes on | road.cc | Road cycling news, Bike reviews, Commuting, Leisure riding, Sportives and more". road.cc. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Cycling (4 May 2012). "Giro d'Italia 2012: Ben Swift's training injury disrupts Team Sky's preparations but their focus remains". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Cycling Weekly. "Ben Swift wins second stage of Tour of Poland". Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "Milan-San Remo Results". Cycling News. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013.
- Peter Cossins (1 May 2015). "Tour de Yorkshire favourite Swift crashes out". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- "Swift leaves Team Sky for two-year deal with Project TJ Sport". cyclingnews.com. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- Windsor, Richard (22 October 2018). "Ben Swift returns to Team Sky for 2019 season". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
- "National Road Championships 2019: Ben Swift and Alice Barnes win maiden British titles". bbc.co.uk. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
- Cary, Tom (30 June 2019). "Ben Swift bounces back from ruptured spleen to win National Road Championships, while Alice Barnes takes women's title". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
- "Ben Swift signs contract to stay with Team Ineos to end of 2021". bbc.co.uk. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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