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Gallery: Cavendish and Sky practice leadouts

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Mark Cavendish gets dressed ahead of the ride

Mark Cavendish gets dressed ahead of the ride
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The Team Sky Pinarello bike

The Team Sky Pinarello bike
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Team Sky made use of the sun and quiet roads at their training camp in Mallorca

Team Sky made use of the sun and quiet roads at their training camp in Mallorca
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Michael Barry (right) drives the group

Michael Barry (right) drives the group
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Mark Cavendish finishes off the sprint

Mark Cavendish finishes off the sprint
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Mark Cavendish in sprint training

Mark Cavendish in sprint training
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Luke Rowe is the last rider to help Cavendish in the lead out

Luke Rowe is the last rider to help Cavendish in the lead out
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Ian Stannard (far left) gets things started

Ian Stannard (far left) gets things started
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Yesterday the riders had leadout training, today it's climbing

Yesterday the riders had leadout training, today it's climbing
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Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)
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Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish
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Dave Brailsford keeps a watchful eye over Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)

Dave Brailsford keeps a watchful eye over Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)
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The team directors go through the plans for the training ride

The team directors go through the plans for the training ride
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Rowe (left) and Knees (right) before their training begins

Rowe (left) and Knees (right) before their training begins
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Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)
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World champion Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) prepares for training

World champion Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) prepares for training
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Team Sky is making the most of the warm weather and the variety of terrain on the picturesque Spanish island of Majorca this winter, as our exclusive gallery from their training camp shows.

The British team are in the middle of their second stint here, having had a large block of training in the northern resort of Alcudia before the Christmas break. With a team of mechanics, doctors, nutritionists, masseurs and coaches here every base is covered. The team chef has even taken over the kitchen in the hotel, ensuring that all the food the riders eat is carefully monitored.

Majorca is an ideal place to train and offers opportunities for climbing, rolling rides and flatter speed-based rides. There was a focus on lead-out training yesterday, as you will see from the gallery, while today the team are off on a serious climb that will test out the quads and the lungs to the maximum.

The mood in the camp is largely relaxed, with games of pool going on during leisure hours and plenty of banter during meal times. The camaraderie between the team will be a pleasing sign for the coaching staff and all of the riders have so far agreed that team spirit is at an all time high within the fledgling team. The business done in the off-season has been crucial to this, with contract extensions to important incumbents complemented by key new faces that have settled in quickly. And the coaching staff are steadfastly implementing the riders’ collective and individual targets, preaching the need for patience and careful piecemeal planning.

Yet there is also an inescapable sense that the riders are desperate to be unleashed and test themselves against each other and the rest of the world in proper race conditions. 2012 is set to be the biggest year yet for the team and that sense of excitement, opportunity and responsibility is definitely bubbling beneath the surface. It appears at this stage that the often elusive pre-season balance between measured circumspection and the harnessing of pent-up aggression and enthusiasm has been found by the men and women behind the scenes. With such a long season ahead its importance cannot be understated.

Images provided by Robin Moore.