Spanish website Biciclismo is reporting that Ben Swift has definitely signed for Team Sky – and claims to have photographic proof with what it says is a picture of Swift in a Team Sky shirt.
Having jumped the gun a little back in November when it seemed that Swift was about to sign for the new British outfit, a rumour quickly scotched by his existing team, Katusha, you’ll forgive us for erring on the caution this time round, especially since these days, you can work wonders with Photohop. We should know...!
Having said that, whispers about Swift joinng Team Sky have persisted, and resurfaced last month when he was named in its squad by organisers of the forthcoming Tour Down Under, with team principal Dave Brailsford claiming that at the time he had been led to believe that Swift was effectively a free agent due to a mid-contract renegotiation of terms on Katusha’s part.
Blogger Simon Lamb, who runs the Gazzetta della Bici site, alerted a wider audience to the Spanish website’s photo through a post on Twitpic, for which we thank him. Team Sky is officially launching in London tomorrow, we’ll be there so we'll find out soon enough whether the rumours are true this time.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.