British rider may look elsewhere when his contract ends as team and personal targets move further apart Photo: Graham Watson Ben Swift is keeping an open mind this year as his ambitions and Team Sky ’s GC objectives move further apart.
The 28-year-old kicked off his 2016 season at the Tour Down Under with an eye on stage success, but his best finish was second behind Simon Gerrans on stage four .
Swift — one of only five riders to have ridden for Sky since the team’s debut 2010 campaign — says he is “happy at the minute” with the team, but that he has observed a divergence in direction.
“In Sky we don’t really have that [lead-out train] anymore. The first couple of years we were all about that, but, quite rightly so, the team has become so dominant in stage racing that that’s very much second now,” Swift said. No more Sky train
Best Swift riding in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Graham Watson Sky does foster sprinters in Swift, Giro d’Italia stage winner Elia Viviani and new signing Danny Van Poppel, but has become the stage race team of reference with three Tour de France victories among others in recent years. […]