Olympics: South Yorkshire Ben Swift’s form gives Olympic hope

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ROTHERHAM’S Ben Swift keeps giving the Olympic Games selectors a nudge for the cycling road race event as he continued his excellent recent form at the Tour of Switzerland.

The 24-year-old was named on a shortlist of names for the five man British team which will be one of the first events in London on July 28.

Two places are almost certainly assured to World Champion Mark Cavendish and Tour de France favourite Bradley Wiggins and a third will probably go to a time trial specialist such as David Millar or Chris Froome.

Two of the road race team have to take part in the time trial event - Wiggins will definitely be one. Swift is then in a fight with Steven Cummings, Jeremy Hunt and Ian Stannard for the remaining berths.

Form wise he couldn’t be doing much more. Never strong in the time trial his result yesterday in stage seven of the Tour of Switzerland will mean little to the selectors, but his second place the day before in a sprint into the Swiss town of Bischofszell was the second time in the race that he has finished in the top three.

Two tough days await him this weekend with the climbers expected to be to the fore as the race reaches its conclusion.

But Swift will be happy with his week’s work and another strong showing in the British National Road Race Championship in North Yorkshire on June 24 could seal his place in London.