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Swift allays injury concerns

May 4, 2012 18:03 pm

Ben Swift has revealed his shoulder injury is not as bad as first feared following a consultation with a surgeon.

The 24-year-old from Rotherham was forced to withdraw from the year's first Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, after a training crash on Thursday.

However, Team Sky rider Swift received positive news on Friday.

He Tweeted: "Well good news is that nothing is broken, just a dislocation which went back in. Have anther MRI scan next week once swelling has gone down."

The development is a boost for Swift, but missing the three-week Tour of Italy could hamper his chances of taking a place in the Olympic road race team.

Swift has turned his focus from the track, where he was in contention for the four-man, four-kilometre team pursuit, to the road and is hoping to be one of four support riders when Mark Cavendish bids for Olympic gold on July 28.

The British Academy graduate is a proven winner in his own right with victories in the Tour Down Under, Tour of California and Tour de Romandie in 2011, and had hoped to use the Giro to demonstrate his ability to act as a secondary option to Cavendish come the Olympic road race in Surrey.

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