Swift is top 10 in Poland

Anston cyclist Ben Swift sprinted to a top 10 place in the Tour of Poland this week.

The Team Sky star was ninth in Tuesday’s stage three, and followed it up with 12th on Wednesday.

Stage four saw Swift in a bunch of sprinters, attacking Taylor Phinney in a thrilling finale.

But the American held them off to take the win, as Swift’s Sky team-mate Sergio Henao finished safely in the main bunch to retain second place in the general classification, four seconds behind race leader and home favourite Rafal Majka.

Stage four was the longest of the race, at 231.5km, and took the riders on an undulating route starting in Tarnow and finishing with four laps of a 12.3km circuit in Katowice.

Swift launched his burst for the line early but was swallowed up by his rivals in the closing metres.

Team Sky sports director Dan Hunt said: “Stages don’t often end like they did today. Fair play to BMC – they took a gamble and it paid off. It was a tough sprint because it was a bit downhill, and Ben got swamped.”

“But in hindsight, there is nothing we would have done differently.”

Hunt, turning attentions to Thursday’s fifth stage, was hopeful the hilly day will come down to a sprint in Zakopane, the same town in which Swift won in the 2012 race. “The last time it was run on this course, Swifty won, so if it comes down to a sprint again, we will back him to try to get the victory,” Hunt added.

“But we have also got to think about the GC and think about Friday’s stage, which is going to be important.”