Blythe wants rain for Classic

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ADAM Blythe is hoping for bad weather in Belgium as he competes in two races this week.

The 22-year-old from Sheffield was in action yesterday in the Nokere Koerse and is back on his bike tomorrow in the Handzame Classic.

Blythe was part of an early break in the Nokere race, which was eventually won by Italian Francesco Chicchi.

However, tomorrow’s race presents a chance to win - particularly if the weather turns. He said: “It’s (Handzame) a good race and it’s a hard race. There’s not going to be any many teams controlling it. It is more like every man for himself.

“I hope it will be like last year when It was raining all day. It was cold, it was horrible and I didn’t mind it.”

Meanwhile, Rotherham’s Ben Swift is in the Team Sky squad for the two day Criterium International, which takes place in Corsica on March 24-25. Swift, aged 24, who is hoping to secure a place on the Great Britain track team at the Olympics, has lined up the Giro d’Italia in May as his main event of the season.