Swift plays his part in Froome’s Oman title

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Anston cycle star Ben Swift played his part in a Tour of Oman title victory for team-mate Chris Froome last week.

The 26-year-old was unable to pick up a stage win himself, but worked hard to ensure Froome retained the title he won last year.

A slight error by Swift led to a frustrating finish to stage one, the former Beijing Olympian crossing the line in 13th after getting boxed in with a kilometre and a half to go.

He was only able to go one better the next day on the stage from Al Bustan to Quarayyat, boxed in once again.

Sporting Director Nicolas Portal said: “Swifty was a bit blocked again in the sprint on the right hand side of the road.”

But he was right in the mix in stage three, taking fourth place.

Portal added: “He did everything he could but we couldn’t give him a dedicated lead out like some of the other teams.”

Froome paid tribute to Swift’s efforts in Friday’s fourth stage, saying: “The team did a fantastic job.”

“Ben took turns on the front for over 100km once the initial breakaway had formed, and did some great work to keep them in check.”

Stage five, from Bidbid to Jabal Al Akhdar saw Swift back in 98th as Froome took a stage victory.

And the former St Joseph’s Primary pupil was back in contention on Sunday, in the final stage, finishing 11th as Team Sky’s best finisher.

Froome stayed out of trouble on the final day to ensure he won the Tour title once again.

Swift was pleased with his weekS.

He tweeted: “Great week at the Tour of Oman.”

“A few tough and messy springs, but enjoyed being back amonst it all.”