How do you become a pro? If you’re lucky enough to have some talent and you’re born in England, then you might just end up taking the same road as 20 year-old Ben Swift; he’s won three U23 ‘biggies’ in Italy this season, so we thought we better have a word.
Stage 5 of the Giro della Valle d’Aosta, congratulations, Ben.
“Thanks, it was a tough race, the stage I won wasn’t maybe as mountainous as the first four days, but there were still four GPM climbs in it.
“It’s a big race in the Italian calendar; Yaroslav Popvych (now Silence-Lotto) has won it twice overall, in the past.”
[Dan Martin’s 2007 stage win helped him land his Garmin contract. Ben Swift next?]