Con­nor Swift to stay at Madi­son-ge­n­e­sis in 2019

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Bri­tish road race cham­pion Con­nor Swift is set to re­main at Madis­ongen­e­sis in 2019 rather than join­ing the World­tour and will tar­get Uci-level races in his bid to move to the up­per ech­e­lons of the sport.

On Thurs­day the Bri­tish squad un­veiled a strength­ened ros­ter for 2019 in­clud­ing Swift, who will race with new sign­ings in­clud­ing do­mes­tic stal­wart Ian Bibby and his fel­low Jlt-con­dor riders Tom Moses and Jon Mould.

Swift had been hop­ing to make the jump to World­tour level in 2019 but told CW that the re­duced ros­ters at the top level had made it dif­fi­cult to find a ride.

“It’s been a hard year con­tract wise, there’s a lot of guys with­out a job… I was a sta­giaire with Di­men­sion Data, they were happy with me there; ev­ery­thing went well,” he said.

“Cav [Mark Cavendish] was de­cid­ing if he was stay­ing or go­ing for a while and that de­layed things for a lot of the riders on that team. That led to the team not be­ing able to com­mit to whether they were in­ter­ested in me or not. Then it was get­ting quite late on; I just had to se­cure my­self and cover my own back so I asked for a ride at Madi­son.”

He added: “I think there is an ex­pec­ta­tion from the pub­lic that when you see a rider on a Con­ti­nen­tal­level team and they get some re­sults that phone calls will be com­ing into them but that’s not re­ally the case, un­less you’ve won the Worlds. There wasn’t any­one con­tact­ing me.”

Swift: World­tour can wait

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