Rotherham’s Ben Swift’s going nowhere fast waiting for vital results

No pain no gain: Ben Swift may have to ride in discomfort after a shoulder injury.  Picture: Chris Etchells
No pain no gain: Ben Swift may have to ride in discomfort after a shoulder injury. Picture: Chris Etchells
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BEN Swift faces an anxious wait this morning as he finds out the results of a shoulder scan that could determine the rest of his season.

The Rotherham cyclist dislocated his shoulder and chipped a bone during a training ride the day before the start of the Giro d’Italia last week.

And although he’s back on his bike - riding on a treadmill and a turbo trainer - he’ll know today whether an immediate operation is required or if he can continue to rehabilitate and push for a berth on the Great Britain Olympic road race team

He told The Star: “It’s (shoulder) still a bit sore but I’m getting more and more range of movement in it every day. When I do get the results we’ll discuss them and find out what the next course of action is.

“I’m back on my bike and all being well I could start at the Tour of Norway next week (May 16).”

Shoulder injuries are an occupational hazard to top cyclists. But the ever calm Swift, aged 24, is determined not to let it affect his plans to make the Olympic team.

He said: “It’s disappointing not to make the Giro, but the direction of going for the road race was only decided upon very recently.

“I had an orginal racing plan in place anyway, so I’m going back to that.”

The injury, suffered on a team time trial training ride, caused Swift to miss out on the chance to ride for Team Sky leader and London gold medal favourite Mark Cavendish over the roads of Italy. It would have been an ideal chance to show the selectors the job he could do for the reigning Sports Personality of the Year.

However, Swift thinks it won’t count against him. He said: “I’ve rode plenty of times with Cav over the years, we know each other well. It (the injury) is part and parcel of the sport - I’ve just got to get on with it. It’s not ideal, but I’m not panicking.”