Cycling: Ten not perfect for Rotherham sprinter Ben Swift

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BEN Swift could only finish 10th yesterday on stage seven of the Vuelta a Espana.

Swift’s Team Sky colleagues had mounted a strong challenge in the final few kilometres of the 164km stage between Huesca and Alcaniz, but were unable to keep up the pace with the 24-year-old from Rotherham losing out to Germany’s John Degenkolb, who picked up his third win.

The result means there is no change at the top of general classification.

Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez of the Katusha team retains the red jersey with a 10-second lead over Briton Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) lies third, 36 seconds adrift of the leader.

Today’s stage sees the rides to the 174.7km route from Lleida to Collada de la Gallina in Andorra.