Ben Swift

  • DOB05 Nov 1987
  • Age26
  • Height 1.79m
  • Weight69kg
  • NationalityBritish
  • Birth PlaceRotherham, UK

Tour Down Under

Perfect finish in Adelaide

Double delight for Swift and Henderson

By Nick Howes   Last updated: 27th January 2011

Ben Swift and Greg Henderson wrapped up the Tour Down Under in perfect style by sealing a remarkable one-two triumph in Adelaide.

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The duo were catapulted into contention by a near perfect lead-out display on the final laps of the city centre circuit and romped home to earn a repeat last year's memorable success.

Matt Goss rounded off the podium in third position but that wasn't enough to wrestle the overall victory from Cameron Meyer.

The day had not begun ideally for Team Sky as Simon Gerrans was forced to retire early on but the action was brisk from the off and Michael Matthews moved into contention for the general classification when he pipped Goss on the opening sprint of the day.

Goss failed to secure any bonus seconds at all on the second intermediate sprint after Graeme Brown beat Jos Van Leijin and Allan Davis to the line, which meant HTC-Highroad needed to go all out for the stage win.

The American squad had been covering all the early breaks, and also had to work hard to nullify a late seven-man move which was headed by Stuart O'Grady and Nicki Sorensen.

That ultimately worked to Team Sky's advantage, who gradually moved to the front of the bunch and then peeled off one-by-one in textbook style to gift Swift and Henderson their outstanding victory.

That performance also lifted Swift to third in the overall standings, while Goss's third-placed finish on the day left him two seconds adrift of Meyer in the battle for the ochre jersey. Goss did top the sprint classification however, with Luke Roberts scooping the King of the Mountains crown.

Swift hails dominant display

Immediately after the race, a delighted Swift told Sky Sports: "I was struggling about half way through the stage after my efforts on Willunga Hill yesterday but my team did an absolutely perfect job for me. It was straight out of the book of how to do a lead-out and all I had to do then was finish it off.

"Mathew Hayman had been protecting me the whole day and practically did a lap on the front by himself before we made our move up the outside. I couldn't have done this without the rest of the guys either and those final laps were just unbelievable."

Yates delighted

Back in the team car, Sean Yates couldn't praise his riders enough and felt the outcome was fully deserved after an impressive week in the saddle.

"It was a fantastic job by the boys and Swifty gave it the perfect finishing touch," he told us. "That's two stage wins for him and a third on GC, so we're all delighted for him. Originally we'd only been aiming for one stage win and a podium so we've exceeded expectations and done even better than last year.

"We were up against 10 of the world's top 15 sprinters today and there was a lot at stake with Matthews, Goss and Meyer all in contention for the GC, but this has reiterated the team's reputation as being able to deliver in these types of situations.

"It obviously helped not having to go for the bonus sprints, but the guys worked amazingly towards the end, popped up and delivered. It's fantastic, and no words can praise them enough in my opinion.

"I've been there, done that, and I know how hard it is to deliver. They all had to be there when it counted and not one of them let their team-mates down. That's not to be underestimated, and the performance was even more impressive given the fact we were down to five men without CJ and Simon."

Yates revealed he would be treating the riders back at the team hotel and believes the result will push Swift on to far greater things in the future.

"It's been a pleasure being in charge them this week. We've had a fantastic time and have built up a fantastic camaraderie. I have ordered the champagne in so there will definitely be a celebration tonight. Unfortunately our Australian guys and Greg have to leave early, but the rest of us will certainly enjoy this one in their absence.

"Swifty will be leading those celebrations and the events of this week will give him the confidence to push on now, for sure. Last season was a bit up and down for him but his passion has clearly been reignited over the winter, and the sky's the limit in terms of his ability."

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User comments (28)

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Peter Howe says...

Ditto to Mathew Hayman - he is a lead-out beast - the way he muscles everyone out of the front is great to watch. You just know when he gets to the front the Sky train is about to take control. What more does he need to do?

Posted 13:42 1st February 2011

Frank Lane says...

Congratulations Team Sky on a wonderful performance "Down Under". It has been eight years since I watched the TDF live , 2003 , (in those days I was a "baker boy" supporter, Brioches La Boulangère ). Then I ended up with 10,00 other riders on the final day riding around Paris ,including the Champs D'Elysee, something every cyclist must do before they die. I hopefully will be back again this year to see Team Sky pull of some fantastic wins, and this time I will be wearing my Team Sky top.

Posted 14:46 28th January 2011

Matthew Hayman says...

I believe Mathew Hayman has proven himself to be just about the best support rider on the ProTour this year. And he was no slouch last year either. He really should be given a shot at the TDF this year. He is a total team player and he pulls like a God Damn freight train. I say this as a totally neutral observer and not because we share a name. Besides, he spells his name with only one "t".

Posted 01:39 25th January 2011

Steve Parrant says...

Well done Team Sky, I'm glad I stayed up to watch a fantastic finish to the Tour Down Under ! I have a great feeling about Le Tour this year... (would love to see Greg finally get a spot).. but more importantly I hope better luck comes to Team Sky this year as last season there were always crashes getting in the way at the wrong times.. wishing all of the team the best of luck and the rewards will come !

Posted 12:21 24th January 2011

Marc Deighton says...

Just wanted to add my congrats to the team. Really has got me enthused for the rest of the season. Swift by name...

Posted 10:48 24th January 2011

Richard Illingworth says...

Great tour. Go sky

Posted 08:26 24th January 2011

Marten Howes says...

An awesome week in Adelaide, you guys were great. What a team. Matt Hayman deserves mention for the huge effort for no glory all week, each time the peleton passed there he was, working hard, watching, and protecting. Ben was a true gent to the kids seeking autographs, clearly a champion. Well worth riding all those kms to see the Sky riders passing by.

Posted 06:04 24th January 2011

Frank S says...

Excellent win - well done. Hope you have a brilliant season

Posted 21:05 23rd January 2011

Jonathan Swift says...

for those who spotted, sadly I'm no relation to "Swifty" but I would like to congratulate him and Team Sky for their fantastic performance despite CJ being withdrawn from the competition. Overall, we've seen some positivity from the tour in that HTC-Highroad still remain to be a big threat in future competitions and by my reckoning, Team Sky aren't too far behind in building a strong team. Ben's exit from Katusha has been worth it seeing him gain two stage finishes and finishing in 3rd overall, 8 seconds behind Meyer can only give us great hope for you Swifty. I hope that the continuing strength of the team's experience will prove pivotal for their presence in this cycling season. Congrats to Ben Swift, Greg Henderson and best wishes to Chris Sutton in his recovery.

Posted 19:57 23rd January 2011

Brendan Power says...

Nice comments from Sean Yates but I wonder what was so important that Henderson and the Aussies couldn't stay one night to celebrate Ben Swift's success. Thank goodness Geraint Thomas is there.

Posted 18:09 23rd January 2011

Ron Gilbert says...

What a great team effort superb finishing by Swift and roll on the rest of the season.

Posted 17:43 23rd January 2011

Robert Tansey says...

Well done guys, a real team effort and great to see such a strong start to the season.

Posted 17:20 23rd January 2011

Peter Newman says...

Ben Swift is a great talent. I hope he can be at the tour de france like Cavendish and Greipel.

Posted 16:09 23rd January 2011

Dave Smith says...

Great job lads and well done Swifty. Hopefully more of the same from the light blues through out the season.

Posted 14:59 23rd January 2011

Richard Thomas says...

Excellent result guys, a good race ridden brilliantly, really looking forward to the rest of the season and cheering the team on around Europe.

Posted 12:16 23rd January 2011

Mark Lewis-russell says...

Simply an awesome start to the season by all the guys. Sean should also take credit for his coaching skills too. Cant wait for the rest of the season - well done Swifty :)

Posted 11:44 23rd January 2011

Bev Smerklo says...

What fantastic news, brilliant start to what I'm sure is going to be an excellent season for Team Sky... Well done guys and I'll be having a drink for you tonight :)

Posted 10:49 23rd January 2011

Philip Hurd says...

Excellent ride Team Sky, really proud of you and a good start to the season.

Posted 10:38 23rd January 2011

Jd D says...

Great start to the season - well done - I hope the rest of the season goes so well.

Posted 10:34 23rd January 2011

Jolien Herremans says...

I think someone should say what a lot of people are thinking. We are proud that we can say I AM A FAN OF TEAM SKY!! Great job boys!

Posted 09:10 23rd January 2011

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