Ben’s cycling career began at the age of three and a half when his parents entered him into a bike race. From there, he joined the Great Britain Cycling Team in 2004 and went on to win the gold medal in the team pursuit in the European Track Championships in Cottbus in 2007.
Ben also made his first professional road debut in 2007 when he joined Team Barloworld as a trainee, during which time he won the King of Mountains title in the Tour of Britain. In 2008, the youngster was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and at the UCI Road World Championships of the same year he took fourth place in the Under-23 category.
It was in 2009 when his road career really took off as a neo-pro with Katusha. He scored his first-ever stage victory at the Tour of Britain, achieved a top-three stage finish at the Giro d'Italia, and secured a string of further top-10 placings before "coming home" to ride for Team Sky in 2010.
He made a fine start for his new employers at the Tour Down Under before becoming the first rider on the team to secure an overall stage race victory when he triumphed at the Tour de Picardie, picking up the points and the young riders jersey along the way. Ben also enjoyed success at the velodrome in 2010 with his Great Britain team mates, winning a silver medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Poland.
Swift's inclusion in the Great Britain squad for the 2012 UCI Track World Championships in Melbourne earned him the rainbow jersey in the points race as well as a silver in both the scratch and the madison. Unfortunately, 2013 saw Ben suffer with injury but he bounced back in 2014 taking a few stage wins so far this season as well as third position in Milan San Remo.
In 2015, Ben soloed to victory on stage 2 of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali in Italy which saw him take the leader's jersey.
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Settimana Coppi e Bartali 1st - Stage 2
Milan San Remo - 3rd
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (Australia)
Gold - Scratch race
Silver - Points race
Silver - Madison
Tour Down Under 1st – Stage 2, 1st – Stage 6, 3rd – Overall
Vuelta a Castilla y Leon 1st – Stage 5
Tour de Romandie 1st – Stage 5
Tour of California 1st – Stage 2, 3rd – Stage 5
Tour de Suisse 3rd – Stage 8
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Poland
Silver -Team pursuit
Tour of Picardie 1st – Overall, 1st – Stage 2
Giro d’Italia 3rd – Stage 1
Tour of Britain 1st – Stage 7
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Bronze - Team pursuit
UEC European Track Championships, Cottbus (Germany)
Gold - Team pursuit