Ben Swift narrowly misses out on stage victory at Vuelta
Onchan resident finishes second on stage 18 of Spanish Grand Tour
ONCHAN resident Ben Swift missed out on victory in stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana by half-a-wheel on Thursday.
The Team Sky rider was beaten in an extremely tight finish by Italian Daniele Bennati (RadioShack-Nissan) at the end of the 204km ride between Aguilar de Campoo and Valladolid.
Swift had a perfect set-up and sprinted into the wind at 200 metres, but Bennati charged up from behind and was able to grab the win by a whisker.
There was no change in the overall standings with Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank) retaining his lead in the general classification. Swift is 141st, with Sky Procycling third in the team standings.
The Tour of Spain finishes in Madrid on Sunday.
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