ROTHERHAM’S Ben Swift will hope to capitalise on the nation’s goodwill towards cycling when he begins his third Grand Tour tomorrow in Spain.
Swift, aged 24, who rides for British-based Team Sky was unlucky not to make the Olympic squad on either the track or road. However, he responded in good style by winning the points jersey at the Tour of Poland to follow up strong performances in the Tour of Norway, Tour of Luxembourg and the Tour of Switzerland.
A shoulder injury ruled Swift out of the Giro d’Italia in May while the sprinter’s spot in the Tour de France for Sky went to World Champion Mark Cavendish. Swift will be his team’s man in bunch sprints in the Tour of Spain, known as La Vuelta, although the focus for Sky will be an overall win for Tour de France runner up Chris Froome.
La Vuelta starts with a 16.5km team time-trial in the famous ‘bull running’ town of Pamplona in the north of Spain and finishes in Madrid on September 9.