Ben Swift returns to Team Sky: I’m hoping that it will feel like I’ve never been away
Oct 22 2018 03:28 pm CET

Ben Swift returns to Team Sky: I’m hoping that it will feel like I’ve never been away
Ben Swift returns to Team Sky: I’m hoping that it will feel like I’ve never been away
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After two years at UAE-Team Emirates, Ben Swift is set to return to Team Sky for the 2019 season.

Despite Swift stepped to the WorldTour with Team Katusha in 2009, in 2010 he signed with the British formation and stayed there for seven seasons before moving to UAE-Team Emirates for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The rider has in his palmares stage victories in races like the Tour de Pologne, the Tour Down Under, the Tour de Romandie and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and has stepped twice on the podium of Milano-Sanremo.

"It’s a great feeling to be re-joining Team Sky," said the rider. "Obviously I know the ins and outs of the team. I feel really comfortable here and it’s a place I’ve grown as a rider. There will be no teething troubles and I’ll be straight back in. I’m hoping that it will feel like I’ve never been away.

"I’ve still got ambitions and aims for my own career, but I’m also really looking forward to going in and working with the young guys a little bit too. There’s an incredibly talented crop of young riders coming through and I’ve got a lot of experience now that I can lend them. On the bike, I feel I’ve also got the ability to put a bit back into the sport as a useful all-rounder for the team. I want to be someone who can do a job and take their opportunity when it comes around."

Team Sky Performance Manager Rod Ellingworth emphasised on Swift's mentoring role in this new chapter at the team. "Ben has got a crucial role to play next season," he explained. "He’s not only a fine rider in his own right, but he’s also a superb role model for the younger riders on the team to learn from, as we look to bring through the next generation at Team Sky.

"In performance terms, he sits right in the middle of the team and he’s such a great team player. His attitude and professionalism sit perfectly in our team. He’s easy to work with and we can use him as a good example – he sets high standards and that’s what we’re about."
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