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Cavendish fits in Box Hill session before heading to France

Mark Cavendish during a full-throtle training session at Box Hill. 22 June. Click here to download.

World champion cyclist Mark Cavendish turned up the training power on Surrey’s roads as part of his build-up to an assault on the Olympic road race title.

The Team GB rider completed a full-throttle training session on the Olympic road race route ahead of his Games glory bid on 28 July.

Cavendish’s workout included several laps of Box Hill – the most gruelling stretch of the route – before his focus switched to the Tour de France, which started on Saturday (30 June).

After the session, Cavendish tweeted: “Flew to Surrey for the day for my last real chance of some full-gas efforts up the Olympic route of Box Hill.”

He added that despite the rain it was “a great day.”

Cycling teams from New Zealand, Canada, USA, Namibia and Australia have also trained in the county.

It comes as the first of nearly 30 Olympic and Paralympic teams arrive in Surrey for their pre-Games training camps.

Philippines swimming, Malta athletics and Oman Paralympic athletics were among the first teams to turn up.

Mongolian archers and marathon runners are expected to arrive tomorrow (4 July).

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “Having spent more than a year and plenty of hard work attracting teams to the county it’s absolutely thrilling that they’re starting to arrive.

“We have more teams training here than anywhere else in the South East and they’ll provide an estimated boost of over half a million pounds to the local economy.”

The athletes will be training at venues such as Surrey Sports Park and Guildford Spectrum.

Visit gosurrey.info for more information about Surrey’s involvement in the 2012 Games.

Cavendish training at Box Hill. 22 June. Click here to download.

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Journalists requiring more information, can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email nicole.herlihy@surreycc.gov.uk

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