Tour of Britain 2013: behind the scenes with Team Sky’s mechanics

Few members of a professional cycling team work harder than the mechanics. 

Awake before the riders are out of bed, and asleep long after their ‘masters’ have been massaged and fed, the men who prepare the bikes are often unsung heroes.

Team Sky’s mechanics are no exception and have the additional pressure of preparing the bikes of the riders expected to contest victory.

Enjoy this rare insight into the world’s number one ranked professional cycling team in this fantastic gallery, which we bring you with the kind permission of photographer Paul Hayes-Watkins.

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