Top 10 for Swift in Kuurne sprint

01 Mar 2020

Top 10 for Swift in Kuurne sprint

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne : Kuurne - Kuurne, 201km

Ben Swift finished seventh in a reduced bunch sprint as the peloton narrowly missed out on catching Kasper Asgreen (Deuceunick-Quick Step) who managed to win from an earlier breakaway at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.

Swift battled to the front of the chase bunch after fine work from Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard, who combined well with other teams in order to reduce Asgreen's advantage on the final lap of the streets of Kuurne. 

However, the Danish rider was able to hold off the pursuit from the peloton, winning the second race of the opening weekend by just three seconds from the chasing pack. 

Earlier in the race, Gianni Moscon was disqualified for aggressive and unsporting conduct following an altercation after a crash on the cobbles.
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DS Gabriel Rasch

Following a meeting with the race commissaires, Rasch reflected on Moscon’s disqualification. 

He told TeamINEOS.com: "The commissaires showed me the incident on the big screen as the TVs in the car are too small to really see it. 

"I agree it's something that should not have happened. We will speak to Gianni about it later this evening. Ultimately we respect the decision made by the commissaries."
Luke Rowe worked tirelessly to bring the breakaway back and setup the bunch sprint

Luke Rowe worked tirelessly to bring the breakaway back and setup the bunch sprint

Ben Swift

Ben Swift

I need to find my feet in these races, take the positives from this weekend and move forwards.”
Ben Swift

“Once we knew it was going to come down to a sprint, Luke and Ian fully committed straight away. I was up against strong sprint competition and I knew I had to attack from behind as there was a headwind. 

"It was a really chaotic sprint with people swinging left, right, banging into each other with wheels rubbing. Once you found a bit of space you just ‘went’ and I knew I had to make up some places, my sprint could have been a little bit better, but I got a bit blocked in. 
 
“Overall, I felt like I had the legs to move when I wanted to move around in the peloton, but on the other side of it, I wasted a lot of energy and opportunities by making a few little mistakes, but hopefully that’s just a bit of inexperience in these races. 
 
“It’s only my second time doing opening weekend and these races are all about knowing when to relax, when not relax and that constant fighting for position. I need to find my feet in these races, take the positives from this weekend and move forwards.”