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I have deserved new contract - Swfit

6th September 2019, 12:14 by James Mason

Ben Swift says he is very happy to be rewarded for his efforts with a new Team Ineos contract until the end of the 2021 campaign.

Englishman Swift is currently enjoying his second spell at Team Ineos, having been with then-named Team Sky in 2010, and his recent performances have earned him an extension at the Manchester-based outfit.

The 31-year-old, who won gold in the Men's Scratch at the 2012 World Championships in Melbourne, has had an eventful 2019 after being admitted to intensive care after rupturing his spleen on a training ride with Geraint Thomas.

Swift clipped a rock on a descent back in February when training with the 2018 Tour de France winner, suffering multiple contusions and facial injuries as well as the spleen issue.

Not one to lie down, the Rotherham-born star recovered to seal victory in the British Road Championships in Norwich in June and he is delighted his efforts have been rewarded by Team Ineos.

On his new contract, Swift told BBC Sport: "I feel like I've found a renewed enthusiasm and motivation for the sport this year, so this new contract feels rewarding for many reasons.

"I think that's down to the team and the way I've been riding this year."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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