Cycling: Ben Swift fights back for strong finish

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ROTHERHAM’S Ben Swift battled back from a puncture to finish in tenth place at the Trofeo Campos in Majorca yesterday, writes Richard Fidler.

Leigh Howard claimed victory for Orica-GreenEDGE, the Australian pipping Garmin-Sharp’s Tyler Farrar and Movistar’s Jose Joaquin Rojas to the line on the 167-kilometre route to Ses Salines.

Dean Downing, from Rotherham, who is racing for Madison Genesis was part of a group that came in four minutes 15 seconds after the leaders.

The third race of four in the Majorca Challenge - the Trofeo Deia - is today.

The riders will take a 153km route, which will suit the climbers of the peloton, from Deia to Monasterio de Lluc.

Meanwhile, Sheffield’s Adam Blythe had an excellent day during the team time trial at the Tour of Qatar.

Starting the stage in 18th place Blythe benefited from a strong display by his BMC Racing team to move into third position overall.

BMC finished the 14 kilometre course around the Al Rufaa Street circuit five seconds quicker than Team Sky.

The result leaves Blythe 10 seconds behind teammate Brent Bookwalter in first and four seconds adrift of Taylor Phinney in second.

Rotherham’s Russell Downing is in 101st place after the team time trial.

Today’s third stage is 143km from Al Wakra to Mesaieed.

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