Ben Swift will return to Team Sky for the 2019 season.
Having spent the last two years at UAE Team Emirates, Swift is back in Team Sky colours with a key role to play in 2019.
Twice a podium finisher at Milan-San Remo, the 30 year old also finished fifth in the World Championship road race last season in Norway.
With the team set to celebrate its 10th season of racing in 2019, Swift is excited to return to Team Sky, commenting: “It’s a great feeling to be re-joining Team Sky.
“Obviously I know the ins and outs of the team. I feel really comfortable here and it’s a place I’ve grown as a rider.
“There will be no teething troubles and I’ll be straight back in. I’m hoping that it will feel like I’ve never been away.”
Swift is well-aware of his responsibilities off the bike, as well as on it, in his second spell with the team, adding: “I’ve still got ambitions and aims for my own career, but I’m also really looking forward to going in and working with the young guys a little bit too. There’s an incredibly talented crop of young riders coming through and I’ve got a lot of experience now that I can lend them.
“On the bike, I feel I’ve also got the ability to put a bit back into the sport as a useful all-rounder for the team. I want to be someone who can do a job and take their opportunity when it comes around.”
I’m hoping that it will feel like I’ve never been away.
Team Sky Performance Manager Rod Ellingworth added: “Ben has got a crucial role to play next season. He’s not only a fine rider in his own right, but he’s also a superb role model for the younger riders on the team to learn from, as we look to bring through the next generation at Team Sky.
“In performance terms, he sits right in the middle of the team and he’s such a great team player. His attitude and professionalism sits perfectly in our team. He’s easy to work with and we can use him as a good example – he sets high standards and that’s what we’re about.
“He’s at that age now where he can start to pass some of his experience to the younger guys in the team. We’ve invested a lot now in some young guys and we need a few of the core older riders to pass their knowledge on and show them the Team Sky way of racing. We know Ben will do that.
“It’s great to welcome Swifty back to the team going into our tenth year.”