Ben Swift out of Giro with fractured shoulder

Team Sky rider sustains broken shoulder in training crash

by Dave Atkinson   May 3, 2012  

Ben Swift wins stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California 2011 (© Photosport International)

Team Sky's Ben Swift is out of the Giro d'Italia after suffering a fractured right shoulder during a training ride. The circumstances of the incident aren't clear, but Swift will miss the first Grand Tour of the season to concentrate on his recovery.

"well that is my Giro over, had a very heavy crash out on the bike today very disappointed not to be able to start. further checks tomorrow," he tweeted earlier.

Jeremy Hunt has been called up to replace him, a state of events that caused David Millar to comment, "Professional Cyclist Pity: Being called up for the Giro less than 48hrs before the start."

Obviously plenty of people thought Millar was talking about himself, as he later added, "It's not me. Hence the pity. Although if I didn't like him as much it would definitely be a 'Professional Cyclist Schadenfreude' moment."

Hunt will no doubt be feeling for his injured teammate but also relishing his chance of riding in a Grand Tour. He comes into the Giro, which he's ridden before, on the back of a solid set of performances in the Classics. We'll update this story when we have more details.

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bloody hell! hope he recovers soon but what a bloody nightmare. got to be the worst pre season crash fest this year. if it carries on at this rate i might get a call up for the olympics

posted by russyparkin [578 posts]
3rd May 2012 - 19:54


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posted by andylul [418 posts]
4th May 2012 - 12:22