Cavendish and Swift train on Box Hill

Mark Cavendish, Giro d'Italia 2012, stage 20

On Friday, the wedding party cars at the Burford Bridge Hotel beneath Box Hill had to cope with gatecrashers in the shape of several Great Britain team cars, a documentary film crew, a team coach on a maxi-scooter and sundry other GB staff - British Cycling never travels knowingly under-manned.

And, at the heart of the fuss there were two riders, one in the rainbow bands of the World road race champion and the other in regulation Sky kit - Mark Cavendish and Ben Swift - out to do a final test of the crucial Box Hill climb.

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