Swift wins British road title

30 Jun 2019

Swift wins British road title

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British Road Race Championships - Norfolk

Ben Swift claimed a richly deserved British national road race title after a strong showing from Team INEOS produced a 1-2 finish in Norwich.

The team were on the attack for almost the entirety of the race, sending riders up the road on a day where the race situation was constantly changing.

Swift forced his way into early moves before finding himself in a quartet heading into the final 10 kilometres in Norfolk. With team-mate Ian Stannard for company, Swift was able to sit in as Stannard repeatedly attacked. With Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) dislodged, Swift sat on the wheel of John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling) before jumping clear and pushing on to victory.

Chris Lawless was the first INEOS rider to head up the road on a pan-flat course. Stannard and Swift came to the fore at various points as the race evolved, with Owain Doull covering moves back in the peloton.
Ben Swift

Ben Swift

I’ve been trying for this nationals for years so it’s nice to be up there.
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- Ben Swift

“I’ve been waiting for a win for four years! I had a couple of terrible years and I’ve come back to Team INEOS now. I’ve just loved it this year – you can see the way I’ve been riding. I had that big crash obviously but I re-focused and worked really hard. Today it was a strange race. It was always going to be hard but when I was out there I just tried to always be in the right place and in those little moves. 
 
“Stannard was a machine today! He absolutely gave me the easiest ride possible. I was away early on but after that I could just sit on for 20km, then he went again and I could just sit on. I’m just so happy!
 
“It was John Archibald that was with us and chapeau he did a really strong ride. I could use him as I knew he was a really strong time triallist. Then when that moment came it was every man for himself. I started cramping up a little bit, but when you’ve got that line in sight. I’ve been trying for this nationals for years so it’s nice to be up there.”
photos: SWpix

photos: SWpix

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