ROTHERHAM’S Ben Swift has suffered a major blow to his Olympic Games hopes after breaking shoulder just before this month’s Giro d’Italia.
The 24-year-old Team Sky rider was due to begin the race tomorrow in Denmark, where the first three stages of the Giro will take place.
However, a training ride fall has resulted in a fracture to his right shoulder and he’ll no longer be able to show the Great Britain selectors whether he is in the kind of form worthy of an Olympic road race place.
A statement from Sky said: “Team Sky’s Ben Swift has been forced to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia after sustaining a fractured right shoulder whilst on a training ride.
“Ben will now concentrate on making a full recovery.
“Jeremy Hunt will be added to the Team Sky squad for what is the 95th edition of the Giro d’Italia.
Swift posted on Twitter: “Well that is my Giro over, had a very heavy crash out on the bike today very disappointed not to be able to start. further checks tomorrow.”