Swift ruled out of Giro due to fractured shoulder

Swift ruled out of Giro due to fractured shoulder

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Team Sky's Ben Swift has been forced to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia after sustaining a fractured right shoulder whilst on a training ride.

Above: Swift attacks on the Champs Elysee in the 2011 Tour de France. (Image: Press Association)

Swift, who devoted the start of his season to the track - taking a world title in the scratch race and two further silver medals in the recent World Championships - will now concentrate on making a full recovery.

Jeremy Hunt will be added to the Team Sky squad for what is the 95th edition of the Giro d'Italia.

The 38-year-old has previously competed in all three of cycling’s Grand Tours and comes into the squad following a consistent Classics campaign.

The Giro kicks off on Saturday with an 8.7-kilometre time trial in Herning, Denmark.

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