Swift just outside top 10 in Spain

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BEN Swift lies just outside the top 10 in the points classification of the Vuelta a Espana.

The Anston cyclist, riding for Team Sky, is 11th with 31 points after 11 stages of the tour.

Team-mate Chris Froome is 20 points ahead of Swift in eighth position.

Points leader John Degenkolb of Germany is well clear with 103 points.

Thursday’s stage 12 was to take the riders from Vilagracia de Arousa to Mirador de Ezaro with a distance of 190.5km and a steep climb to finish, while stage 13 on Friday will be a sprint stage.

Saturday brings stage 14 from Palas de Rei to Puerto de Ancares and Sunday is the 186.5km ride from La Robla to Lagos de Covadonga.