He is the first ‘new’ rider – as opposed to existing Lampre-Merida riders – to sign for Project TJ Sport, where he will look to realise his ambition of winning Milan-San Remo.
Other sprinters already on the team include Marko Kump, Roberto Ferrari and Sacha Modolo but Swift says it’s the new team’s ambition which convinced him to sign a two-year deal.
“I look forward to starting a new chapter of my new career,” he said. “I believe it will allow me to develop further as a rider and hopefully enjoy more success in the seasons ahead.
“TJ Sports management demonstrated a great confidence in my qualities and I was immediately fascinated by their project.”
Swift’s move will end seven years with Team Sky – having joined the British WorldTour team at their inception in 2010 (pic: Sirotti)
TJ Sports only announced their intention to buy out the Lampre-Merida team in August, where previously it had appeared likely the team would be making way for the new Bahrain-Merida outfit.
The capture of Swift will also help to ensure the team remains on the WorldTour next season, thanks to the WorldTour points he accrued with his Milan-San Remo podium place.
Swift is the first British rider since Max Sciandri to sign for the various iterations of the former Lampre team.
However, it brings to an end a seven-year career with Team Sky – who he joined at their outset following a single season with Katusha.
It means of the eight British riders signed to Team Sky during their debut year, only Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Ian Stannard remain.