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Ben Swift – Team Ineos Stalwart is National Road Champion 2019

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It was 2008 when I first interviewed Ben Swift – Team Ineos, he’d just won three important u23 races in Italy, including a stage in the famous Valle d’Aosta stage race.

Since then he’s been with Katusha, Sky, UAE and is now back with Sky’s latest incarnation, Ineos.

Along the way he’s won a world title in the scratch on the track, won stages in the Tours of Britain, Picardie, Castilla y Leon, Romandie, California, Down Under, Poland, Basque Country and Coppi Bartali – not to mention two podium finishes in Milano-Sanremo and a top five finish in the World Elite Road Race Championship.

But the last two seasons with UAE don’t number among his best and back with Ineos (formerly Sky) for 2019 he’s just pulled off his best ride in several years in winning the British Elite Road Race Title.

Away with Ineos team mate, twice winner of Het Nieuwsblad and a former British Road Champion, strongman Ian Stannard and pursuit and time trial specialist John Archibald [Ribble Pro Cycling]. Scot, Archibald was only six seconds off gold, behind Katusha’s former world hour record holder, Alex Dowsett in the British Time Trial Championship – Swift watched as Stannard rode away, marked Archibald and then in the closing phases launched a monster kick, leaving Archibald to the bronze then zooming past Stannard on his blind side in the streets of Norwich, where the race finished, to arrive at the line in solitary splendour and unleash a mighty roar of triumph and relief.

We caught up with him at his Isle of Man home on the Tuesday after his win; a performance made all the sweeter with his return to top form after a horror training crash in Tenerife back in February in which he suffered a ruptured spleen.

Congratulations, Ben it must feel great to be back on top after that difficult start to the year with the crash.

“It’s the worst crash I’ve ever had, I was in hospital for a week and when I got home I couldn’t walk and was having brea