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Yorkshireman Connor Swift gets Tour de France debut

Joe Robinson
24 Aug 2020

Former British champion will work in support of General Classification contender Nairo Quintana

Yorkshire-born Connor Swift has been handed a Tour de France debut by French ProTeam Arkea-Samsic.

The former road race national champion will assume the role of domestique in support of Colombian team leader Nairo Quintana, who takes aim at a maiden yellow jersey.

Swift will form part of an experienced Arkea-Samsic team that also contains Nairo's brother Dayer, Winner Anacona, Diego Rosa, Maxime Bouet, Clement Russo and previous Tour de France polka dot jersey winner Warren Barguil.

The Tour start rounds off a remarkable rise for the 24-year-old who was still riding at Continental level with British team Madison-Genesis last May.

Swift, who is the cousin of Team Ineos rider Ben Swift, first broke on to the scene in 2018 with a surprise victory in the elite men's British road race, beating Adam Blythe and Owain Doull to the title. Further good results saw him race as a stagiaire for Dimension Data at the end of 2018.

In May 2019, Swift then signed a contract away from Madison-Genesis to Breton-based ProTeam Areka Samsic.

Swift's inclusion in the Tour bolsters what is an otherwise light offering of home riders at this year's race. Alongside the Yorkshireman will be Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Hugh Carthy (Education First) and Luke Rowe (Team Ineos).

High profile British riders to miss out on the Tour include previous winners Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome (Team Ineos) and thirty-time Tour stage winner Mark Cavendish (Bahrain-McLaren).

Image: Arkea-Samsic