Cycling: Rotherham’s Ben Swift will ride alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins as the 2012 Tour de France winner returns to action on Saturday in the first stage of the Tour of Poland.

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Rotherham’s Ben Swift will ride alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins as the 2012 Tour de France winner returns to action on Saturday in the first stage of the Tour of Poland.

Wiggins withdrew from May’s Giro d’Italia in May with a knee injury and chest infection which ruled him out of the 100th Tour de France and a possible defence of the yellow jersey, which Sky Procycling teammate Chris Froome inherited in Paris last Sunday.

The Londoner is joined in the Team Sky squad by Britons Luke Rowe and Swift, Colombian duo Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Uran and American Danny Pate.

The first stage takes place in Italy, with Krakow the finish seven days later.

Swift, aged 25, has had an injury hit season too after a crash during his final winter training race on February 6 in Majorca.

He returned to action for the Tour of Norway in May and has also taken part in the Bayern-Rundfahrt, Tour de Suisse and the British Road Race Championships.

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