Swift aims sky high for Giro

Published Friday, 09 May 2014
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Ben Swift has said Team Sky will be targeting stage wins during the next three weeks as he makes his debut in the Giro d’Italia.

Swift aims sky high for Giro
The UK team training in Northern Ireland ahead of Friday's race. (© Presseye)

Yorkshire man Swift, 26, had a shorter journey than most to arrive in Belfast and he is excited for what lies ahead for his team, led by Donegal rider Philip Deignan.

"We are hoping for some good results and we're expecting to be in the mix in the bunch sprints," he said.

"Judging by the presentation, we will have some great atmosphere and some great crowds while we are in Ireland."

With the Giro visiting Northern Ireland for the first time and the Tour de France taking to Yorkshire soils later in the year, Swift is delighted to see the Grand Tours boosting the sport's profile outside of their host countries.

He added: "It is brilliant and I'm pretty close to home myself. It is going to be a great few days. The weather will be a massive factor but we will go into it like any other race and be prepared for what's to come."

Without an obvious leader in their team, Deignan, 30, who is the first Irishman to ride in Team Sky colours, said he expects his side to be in the fight for stage wins.

"I think as a team we will go out for stage wins. We will be aggressive throughout the three weeks," he said.

"I will personally go for one of the stages in the second half of the race as some of the later stages really suit my style."

With the team time trial getting the action started later on Friday, Team Sky will be expecting to feature strongly around the streets of Belfast, but they will face strong competition from Giant Shimano - featuring top sprinter Marcel Kittel - and Garmin-Sharp, the team of Irish rider Dan Martin and 2012 Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal.

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