Swift delighted with new two-year deal at Team Sky

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Anston rider Ben Swift will continue to wear the colours of Team Sky until at least the end of 2016, after penning a new deal.

The 26-year-old professional joined the team in 2010 and has picked up 11 race wins and rode five Grand Tours in almost five years.

A delighted Swift said the new contract allowed him to start focusing on making 2015 a successful year.

He said: “I’ve been with Team Sky since the start and five years on it really does feel like home.”

“To keep that relationship going was really important so I’m delighted to be staying for another two years.”

“I already have one eye on next season and with this team I know I can deliver some good results.”

It hasn’t all been podiums and glory for the former St Joseph’s primary pupil.

Serious shoulder injuries and missing out on a spot in Team Sky’s Tour de France team that rode through his home county have been the low points of his tenure with the British team.

But he believes good times are just around the corner.

“I really do feel part of the foundations of this team, having grown up with so many of the riders and staff,” he said.

“I’ve known many of them since the start of my career and have been guided by the likes of Sir Dave Brailsford and Rod Ellingworth for years, which has made me the rider I am today.”

“With the team’s support I’ve been able to grow and develop as a rider and by staying here I know that will continue.”

“Next year I’m really looking forward to getting a solid winter behind me with no injuries, which unfortunately is something I lacked this year.”

“I’m really focussed on getting a good block of training in place which will give me the platform to get good results in 2015.”