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Ben Swift
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Personal information
Full name Benjamin Ian Swift
Nickname Swifty
Born (1987-11-05) 5 November 1987 (age 36)
Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)
Team information
Current team Team Ineos
Role Rider
Rider type
  • Sprinter
  • Lead out man
  • All-rounder
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2019, 2021)

Benjamin Ian Swift (born 5 November 1987) is a British professional track and road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers. Swift won the scratch race at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the men's elite road race at the 2019 and 2021 British National Road Race Championships. His cousin, Connor Swift, is also an English professional road racing cyclist, and the 2018 British champion.


Swift was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, he began cycling with Mossley Cycle Racing Team aged 12. In 2003, he came second to fellow Olympian Steven Burke in the under 16 national scratch race championship. As a junior rider, Swift competed at the Junior Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in the points race, he won two national titles, the junior points race championship in 2004 followed by the junior scratch race in 2005. He also competed in the senior scratch race in 2005, demonstrating his ability by finishing third to take the bronze medal. Swift began competing internationally, winning several madison events. In 2012 he won the World Championship Men's Scratch Race, becoming Great Britain's first ever World Scratch Champion.

Professional career

He made his professional road debut in August 2007 joining Barloworld as a trainee during which time he won the King of the Mountains title in the Tour of Britain.

During 2008 he raced for the British Cycling development team and won his first UCI ranked race. He represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games road race and at the UCI Road World Championships where he finished fourth in the under 23 race.


After the championships he signed a two-year professional contract with the new Russian Team Katusha.

In 2009 he was selected to ride the Giro d'Italia, taking a third-place finish in stage 2. He took his first professional win on the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain, leading Katusha teammate Filippo Pozzato in a one-two finish. Swift spoke with in 2009, describing himself as "an allrounder, who can do well in the Classics and win stages. 'My weakness is in the time trial. I don't like doing them and I'm not really that good at them.'"

Team Sky

Swift joined the newly formed British-based Team Sky in January 2010. His transfer to Sky from Team Katusha part way through his contract was instrumental in the Union Cycliste Internationale considering new regulations for the transfer of riders between teams. During his first season with Sky Swift's most significant result came at the Tour de Picardie, at which he won one stage, the general classification, the points classification and best young rider.

2011 TOR Sprint
Swift (leading) at the 2011 Tour de Romandie, where he won the fifth stage.

2011 saw Swift win his first stage of a UCI World Tour race, winning stage two of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Four days later he also won stage six. Swift won Stage 2 of the Tour of California, and took the lead of the race, after Stage 1 was cancelled due to adverse weather. Swift was selected for the Tour de France ahead of Greg Henderson, and finished 6th on Stage 15.

In 2012 Swift focused on track cycling with a view to representing Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games. On 4 April, Swift won the Scratch Race at the World Championships to take the rainbow jersey. He finished second in the points race, and joined forces with Geraint Thomas to take silver in the madison.

Swift was scheduled to ride the Giro d'Italia, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a broken shoulder in a crash during a training ride the week before. Although he failed to gain selection from the long list for the British Olympic team, he was picked for the Team Sky squad for the Tour de Pologne, winning the second and fifth stages, as well as wearing that Tour's red-and-white points classification jersey Swift was selected as Sky's sprinter at the 2012 Vuelta a España, and finished second on Stage 18.

In March 2014, Swift achieved one of his biggest results to date by finishing third in Milan–San Remo. In April 2015, Swift crashed out of the newly created Tour de Yorkshire, injuring his shoulder.

2019 ToB winner best British rider Ben Swift
Wearing the national champion's jersey in 2019

On 19 March 2016, Swift finished second in Milan–San Remo, being narrowly outsprinted by Arnaud Démare ({{{team name-2016}}}).

UAE Abu Dhabi

After seven seasons with Sky, in September 2016 Swift announced that he would join {{{team name-2017a}}} on a two-year deal from 2017 in order to seek more opportunities to ride for himself.

Return to Team Sky

In October 2018, Swift rejoined {{{team name-2019a}}} for the 2019 season. In June 2019, Swift won the British National Road Race Championships in Norwich, beating team leader Ian Stannard. In September 2019, Swift signed a new contract to remain with Team Ineos until the end of the 2021 season. Swift said he had 'found a renewed enthusiasm and motivation for the sport'.

Major results

1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Points race, National Junior Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Scratch race, National Junior Track Championships
1st Rotterdam Junior 2-day madison
1st Nights 1 & 2
1st Dortmund Under-23 3-day madison
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit, National Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, UEC European Under-23 Track Championships
Giro delle Regioni
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification Tour of Britain
3rd Milan–Busseto
4th Gran Premio della Liberazione
5th Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
7th La Côte Picarde
1st Coppa della Pace
1st GP Coppa Romita
1st Stage 5 Giro della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc
4th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
4th Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
6th Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo
10th Gran Premio della Liberazione
1st Stage 7 Tour of Britain
2nd Nokere Koerse
8th Gran Premio di Lugano
10th Gran Premio dell'Insubria-Lugano
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Picardie
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 2
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 5 Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 2 Tour of California
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stages 2 & 6
UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Scratch race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Madison (with Geraint Thomas)
Tour de Pologne
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 5
4th Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
5th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
10th Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
10th RideLondon–Surrey Classic
Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1a & 1b (TTT)
1st Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd RideLondon–Surrey Classic
2nd Trofeo Ses Salines
3rd Trofeo Muro–Port d'Alcúdia
3rd Milan–San Remo
8th Nokere Koerse
2nd Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
3rd Trofeo Playa de Palma
3rd RideLondon–Surrey Classic
7th Trofeo Santanyi–Ses Salines–Campos
9th International Road Cycling Challenge
9th Japan Cup
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification Vuelta a Andalucía
2nd Milan–San Remo
7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
7th Gran Piemonte
8th Overall Tour of Britain
8th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
5th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
5th Road race, National Road Championships
10th Eschborn–Frankfurt
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
8th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
10th Milano–Torino
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Road race, National Road Championships (Lincoln Grand Prix)
3rd Grand Prix de Denain
8th Milano–Torino

See also

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