Published 10 April 2012
In a short space of time, Ben Swift has stamped his mark on the world of cycling and gained a reputation as one of the fastest young sprinters in the world.
After competing from an early age, the Sheffield-born youngster was accepted into the British Cycling fold and quickly began to notch up a string of promising results. He was part of a team pursuit squad that took gold at the European Championships in 2007.
- Aged nine, Swift won the Child of Achievement Award in London for charity work
- Swift's dogs are often seen at races in full team kit
- Swift admits to often stopping off for a caramel slice whilst training
That same year Swift took the first significant steps of his road career as he joined the Barloworld squad as a trainee and quickly made his mark at the Tour of Britain.
2008 saw the Yorkshireman called up to the Beijing Olympic squad, as well as narrowly missing out on a podium with fourth at the U23 World Championships.
Swift finally 'arrived' in 2009 as he turned pro with the Russian Katusha squad, quickly claiming a top three stage finish at the Giro d'Italia, and finishing off his season in fine style with a stage win at the Tour of Britain.
A year later Swift joined Team Sky and wasted no time in notching up the team's first stage race victory at the Tour de Picardie.
More success was to follow in 2011 as Swift hit the ground running with two stage victories at the season-opening Tour Down Under. Stage wins at the Vuelta Castilla y Leon, Tour de Romandie and the Tour of California all followed during the Brit's best campaign to date.
And at the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne in 2012, Ben won his first World Championship title in the men's Scratch Race.