Cycling: Ben Swift agrees new Team Sky deal

Ben Swift in action at the Tour of Britain this year
Ben Swift in action at the Tour of Britain this year
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Rotherham cyclist Ben Swift has signed a new contract that will keep him at Team Sky until the end of 2016.

The 26 year old, who was the first man from the British team to win a stage at the Tour de France in 2010, has been with Team Sky since its inception that same year.

Rotherham's Ben Swift

Rotherham's Ben Swift

The sprint ace said of the new deal: “I’ve been with Team Sky since the start and five years on it really does feel like home. To keep that relationship going was really important so I’m delighted to be staying for another two years. I already have one eye on next season and with this team I know I can deliver some good results.

“I really do feel part of the foundations of this team, having grown up with so many of the riders and staff. I’ve known many of them since the start of my career and have been guided by the likes of Sir Dave Brailsford and Rod Ellingworth for years, which has made me the rider I am today.

“With the team’s support I’ve been able to grow and develop as a rider and by staying here I know that will continue.”

Swift was disappointingly left out of the team for Le Tour in July, denying him the opportunity to race in his home county but he is already setting his sights on next season.

“Next year I’m really looking forward to getting a solid winter behind me with no injuries, which unfortunately is something I lacked this year,” said Swift, who has 11 victories and five Grand Tour appearances under his belt.

“I’m really focussed on getting a good block of training in place which will give me the platform to get good results in 2015.”