Rotherham pro cyclist, Ben Swift has been called up to represent The Great Britain Cycling Team as they return to international competition on the road this weekend.
Swift, who races for the Ineos Grenadiers pro team, will line up to represent his country at the UCI Road World Championships taking place in Flanders, Belgium, from 19 – 26 September.
Fresh from the Benelux Tour (also in Belgium), the Anston lad will join the likes of Olympic gold medallist, Tom Pidcock, Luke Rowe, Mark Cavendish, and his own cousin, Connor Swift in the GB team for the Men’s Elite Road Race.
Stephen Park, Performance Director for the Great Britain Cycling Team, said: “I’m really looking forward to the road world championships this year, as we have some serious medal contenders within the squad in every category.
“It will be interesting to see how the elite men’s road race plays out, too – based on what we know about the course and with so many riders in top form, we’ve made the decision not to go with one team leader, giving us a number of options as the race plays out. The race really could belong to anyone!”
In 2021, the UCI and cycling will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their World Championships. Flanders is considered the cradle and the heartland of cycling. With a terrain of winding, narrow and sometimes brutal roads, its ancient cobbles stand testament to pain, suffering and endurance of many of the most hardened cyclists.
Posting on Instagram, Ben said that the event this year is set to be “pretty special.”
Images: INEOS Grenadiers