CYCLING: Seconds out as Swift hits form

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ROTHERHAM’S Ben Swift was celebrating a “good week” after his comeback from a shoulder injury gathered pace at the Tour of Luxembourg.

Swift, who had to miss last month’s Giro d’Italia after a training ride fall, had two second place finishes - including one yesterday on the race’s 153.5 kilometre final stage.

It followed his runners-up ride on Friday when he was edged out by German Andre Greipel.

The results confirm that Swift is still in excellent form and will be a further nudge for the Team GB Olympic selectors as they look to finalise their road race squad for the London Games.

Meanwhile, Swift’s Team Sky colleague Bradley Wiggins declared himself pleased with his ride after finishing second in the Criterium du Dauphine prologue today.

The Briton, gearing up for a podium bid in the Tour de France next month, finished the 5.7-kilometres course in six minutes 39 seconds in wet conditions. Australia’s Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE) was the quickest by a second to get the first yellow jersey of the race.

Ukraine’s Andriy Grivko (Astana) was third, two seconds behind Wiggins. Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) was ninth, five seconds adrift of defending champion Wiggins.

“I’m happy enough to finish second but it’s about the whole week. I couldn’t have asked for better,” Wiggins said.