Swift pens new deal with Team Ineos

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Reigning British champion Ben Swift has signed a new two-year deal to remain with Team Ineos.

The 31-year-old returned to Sir Dave Brailsford's team at the start of 2019 on a one-year deal after two years in UAE Team Emirates colours. He had previously raced for what was Team Sky since its inception in 2010.

"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," said Swift, who is due to line up at the Tour of Britain which starts in Glasgow on Saturday.

"I think that's down to the team and the way I've been riding this year. When you're really happy somewhere and the environment of the team suits you like it does for me here, it really helps you to get the very best out of yourself."

Swift's season got off to a bad start with he suffered a ruptured spleen in a training crash, but he returned in some style to win the British national road race in June.

That form, coupled with a parcours which suits him on home turf in Yorkshire, makes him a likely leader of the Great Britain team at the road world championships at the end of the month.

"The Worlds in Yorkshire aren't far from where I grew up, so it's a massive opportunity for me to try and improve on my fifth place in Bergen two years ago," he said.

"It's going to be a tough ask, it's going to be a very difficult race - but I'll do everything I can."

Swift follows fellow British riders Owain Doull and Chris Lawless in signing a new contract with Team Ineos in recent days.