Cycling: Crash ends Ben Swift’s Majorca challenge

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BEN Swift spent last night in a Majorca hospital after a crash during the final race of the island’s Challenge series.

Rotherham cyclist Swift came off his bike on a downhill section of the Trofeo Alcudia. He was taken to hospital as a precaution and Team Sky Doctor Alan Farrell said last night: “Swifty had a bad crash on the descent.

“We brought him to hospital for further investigations and he is doing well. He is staying in overnight and should be able to leave hospital in the morning.”

Rotherham’s Russ Downing was another to have a fall as he came off his bike during stage four of the Tour of Qatar from Camel Race Track to Al Khor Corniche.

Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the stage for the second day in a row to take over the race’s overall lead.

Sheffield’s Adam Blythe finished the day 14th and moves down one position to fourth in the general classification nine seconds behind Cavendish.

Today’s penultimate stage takes the riders 154 kilometres from Al Zubara Fort to Madinat Al Shamal.

* Barnsley’s Ed Clancy has returned to the team pursuit in the Great Britain squad for the Track Cycling World Championships.

Clancy rode in the three-man, three-lap team sprint at last November’s Track World Cup in Glasgow, but has now reverted to the four-man, four-km event in which he is twice an Olympic champion for the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, which take place from February 20 to 24.

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