Swift says he’ll look after team leader Wiggins

Team Sky's (from left) Ben Swift, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas during the Team Sky photocall for the British riders selected for the Tour de France at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 23, 2011. Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas were today named in Team Sky's squad for the Tour de France alongside fellow Briton Ben Swift. See PA story CYCLING Team Sky. Photo credit should read: PA Wire.
Team Sky's (from left) Ben Swift, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas during the Team Sky photocall for the British riders selected for the Tour de France at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 23, 2011. Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas were today named in Team Sky's squad for the Tour de France alongside fellow Briton Ben Swift. See PA story CYCLING Team Sky. Photo credit should read: PA Wire.
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It’s all about the team for Rotherham cyclist Ben Swift ahead of the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday.

Swift, aged 23, is the youngest member of the British-based Team Sky, which is led by Olympic gold medallist and Tour podium contender Bradley Wiggins.

Two years ago Wiggins finished fourth in his first Tour, but ended a disappointing 24th in 2010.

However, after a perfect preparation that saw Wiggins win the prestigious Criterium du Dauphine earlier this month and the British Road Race Championship last Sunday, hopes are high for a top three position.

Swift’s role, as well as challenging for victories on the flatter stages, is to assist his team-leader wherever possible.

He said: “We’ve spoken about it a little bit but the big goal is to get Bradley as far up General Classification as possible.

“On the Tour there will be nine of us in the team that stay together and it’s all about keeping Bradley as fresh as possible for when he has to make his effort at the end.

“We’ll be going about 100 miles a day so we have to keep him out of wind, keep him hydrated. If he needs a bottle I have to go and get him a drink from the car.

“If it’s a sprint day I’ll get my team to get me to the front to set the pace and then it progressively gets quicker and quicker and I do the last little bit. It’s all about looking after each other.”