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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Ben Swift to leave UAE Team Emirates and rejoin Team Sky

British rider spent two years with the UAE team but his time was disrupted by injury

Ben Swift is hoping for a successful return to the UK at the London-Surrey Classic. Courtesy UAE Team Emirates
Ben Swift is hoping for a successful return to the UK at the London-Surrey Classic. Courtesy UAE Team Emirates

British cyclist Ben Swift will leave UAE Team Emirates after a two-year stint and rejoin Team Sky for the 2019 season, it was announced on Monday.

Swift joined UAE Team Emirates in 2017 after six years with Sky, although injury has disrupted his time with the team.

"It's a great feeling to be rejoining Team Sky," Swift, 30, said in a statement. "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."

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Swift's best result during his time with UAE Team Emirates was fifth-place in the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, although that result was achieved while racing for Great Britain.

During his previous stint with Team Sky, Swift's best results included two podium finishes at Milan–San Remo in 2014 and 2016 as well as a sensational stage win during the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country.

"Ben has got a crucial role to play next season," Team Sky performance manager Rod Ellingworth said. "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.

"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."