Top 10 for Team Sky’s Ben

Anston’s Ben Swift took eighth at Nokere Koerse on Wednesday, after a 199km race in the Belgian region of Flanders.

Team Sky were quick to jump on a promising early breakaway which allowed Swift to bide his time in the peloton.

Warm conditions greeted the riders and the race itself hotted up as the breakaway were caught by the chasing peloton almost within sight of the line.

Swift found himself edged from the optimum position amid a frantic run-in but was still able to log a top-10 finish.

After the race Sports Director Kurt-Asle Arvesen said: “Swifty picked up a top 10 in the sprint.”

“There was a bit of carnage in the final kilometre with a narrow road downhill.”

“He didn’t quite have the perfect position and naturally there was a big fight.”

This was Team Sky’s first visit to Nokere Koerse but Swift finishedsecond in the 2009 edition during his first full year as a professional.