Ben’s back on his bike as he delays surgery until end of year

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BEN Swift is back in action less than three weeks after a shoulder injury ruled him out of the Giro d’Italia.

The Rotherham cyclist will take part in the Tour of Norway for Team Sky, hoping to show the Olympic selectors that he has taken his early-season track form on to the road.

Swift, aged 24, decided after the World Track Championships in Melbourne in March to concentrate on qualifying for the Olympic Games road race in London despite picking up three medals Down Under.

However, a training ride fall just a day before the Giro prevented him from taking part in one of his favourite Grand Tours.

After finding out the results of a scan on his shoulder, Swift decided to delay surgery and take his place on the start line tomorrow in Sandefjord in the south-east of Norway.

He said: “I have a tear in my cartilage in my right shoulder which is the same injury I had due to my crash in the 2006 Tour of Britain.

“Dr Potter is happy for me to return and is happy to delay any surgery until the off season, just as long as it does not cause too many problems whilst I am racing.

“I am super-excited to get back to racing and can’t wait to get stuck in.

“I have been putting in a lot of hard work on the turbo and the treadmill so I am hoping that I will not be too far off where I was before the Giro.

“I am not sure what to expect in Norway but I will be there to have a good week and do some good work for the team.”

The Tour of Norway is a five-stage race, which will end on Sunday in Honefoss.