Blythe set for test Down Under but no Swift repeat

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SHEFFIELD cyclist Adam Blythe will make his debut for BMC Racing at this month’s Tour Down Under in Australia.

The 22-year-old moved from Belgium-based Omega Pharma-Lotto team during the Autumn to the American squad, which also includes Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.

Blythe, who as a junior used to race for the Sheffield Phoenix cycling club, will be hoping to emulate Rotherham’s Ben Swift in Australia.

Swift won the second stage of the race last season and went on to enjoy a successful year which included being part of Team Sky’s line up at the Tour de France.

Swift, aged 24, was yesterday confirmed in Sky’s 28-man squad for the 2012 season. The roster also features sprint star and Sports Personality of the Year Mark Cavendish, triple Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins and last year’s Tour of Spain runner-up Chris Froome.

Currently training in Majorca, Swift hasn’t been named in the Sky team for the Tour Down Under, which begins in Adelaide on Tuesday January 17 and ends in the same city on Sunday January 22.