Madison Genesis are delighted to announce that Connor Swift is to join UCI Pro Continental squad Arkea-Samsic.
Swift will link up with his new team with immediate effect and is expected to make his racing debut at the four days of Dunkerque on 14 May, before moving on to the Tour of Norway.
The French team includes two-time Tour de France stage winner Warren Barguil – and most pertinently for Swift – Andre Greipel, for whom the British champion will be tasked to perform leadout duties, something he relishes.
“I’m over the moon with the opportunity that has come around! Things like this don’t happen often and to be able to step up to Pro Continental level with Arkea and go there to be part of a team helping out Griepel will be pretty surreal.
"I am super thankful to everyone involved to make this happen and of course Madison Genesis for the past two years and allowing me to step up and leave the team mid-season.
"I’m excited to kick things off with Arkea which seems like a great team and one that also has a really good race programme too.
"The hard racing on rolling terrain in France will suit me. I’m sure it’s going to develop me more as a rider and I’m keen to learn from the more experienced riders."
Team manager Roger Hammond was equally delighted that the hugely talented and hard-working rider has received this opportunity.
“I’m really pleased for Connor to be able to have this opportunity, and for that we have to say thanks to everyone at Madison for being so supportive. It’s part of the mission of the team to provide a route through to the highest level of the sport and Connor’s promotion to Arkea Samsic proves that Madison Genesis is on the right track.”
Swift joined Madison Genesis in 2017 as a relatively unknown 20-year-old, but quickly made his mark, winning two rounds of the Tour Series and the Leicester Castle Classic.
Despite entering 2018 as one of the most talked-about talents in the domestic peloton, few would have predicted Swift going on to win the British road race championships.
A multitude of podiums followed, as did a spell as a stagiaire for Dimension Data, however in a tough transfer market Swift missed out.
Re-joining Madison Genesis in 2019, Swift’s full focus remained on reinforcing his previous performances.
A top-10 at the Tour de Normandie was a solid start to the year, but Swift saved his best to last, with a top-10 at the Tour de Yorkshire, followed-up by winning the opening round of the Tour Series.
A perfect send-off, everyone at Madison Genesis wishes Connor every success in his next challenge, with complete confidence that the best is still to come!