Cycling: Ben is happy with form heading into Bayern race

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Rotherham’s Ben Swift said he was delighted with his return to racing last week and is hoping to compete for stage victories in the Bayern-Rundfahrt, which starts today in Germany.

Swift played a key role in helping Team Sky colleague Edvald Boasson Hagen retain his Tour of Norway title in his first race since a crash during the Trofeo Alcudia on February 6 in Majorca.

Swift told The Star: “The Tour of Norway was a great success. We controlled the race perfectly and got a stage win and won the GC (general classification) with Eddy.

“It was a great race for myself with it been my first race back I found that I had much better legs then I was expecting. I was able to do my job very well.

“It was the perfect race to get back into the race rhythm.”

Swift will begin the five-stage Bayern-Rundfahrt today in the Bavarian town of Oberpfaffenhofen and will finish in Nuremburg on Sunday.

The 25-year-old said he is hoping to build on his performances in Norway: “I will be the lead sprinter there and I will be hoping to come away with some nice results.

“It’s also a race Team Sky has won overall for the last two years and we go in with the 2011 champion Geraint Thomas so we have high hopes for the general classification as well.”

Last year’s winner Michael Rogers has since left Sky after helping Bradley Wiggins to win the 2012 Tour de France.

His new team, Team Saxo-Tinkoff, aren’t competing in this year’s race.