Cavendish wins his 35th stage at the Tour and surpasses the record of the historic Eddy Merckx

Cavendish wins his 35th stage at the Tour and surpasses the record of the historic Eddy Merckx
Cavendish wins his 35th stage at the Tour and surpasses the record of the historic Eddy Merckx



03/07/2024

Act. at 7:52 p.m.

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The effort has its reward and after a difficult first stage, Mark Cavendish made history in the Tour de France by signing his 35th victory in the ‘Grande Boucle’, a figure that exceeds that of the historic Eddy Merckx (34).

The Isle of Man rider spiced up a stage that was not particularly exciting by winning a tight sprint that included a fall. Cavendish relied on his experience to make a place for himselftake the side and cross the finish line just a few metres ahead of the second-placed Norwegian, Alexander Kristoff.

Joy was genuine in his carwith an emotional Aleksandr Vinokurov congratulating him as soon as he raised his arms. A joy that was then passed on to his teammates and family who congratulated the Briton after a stage that he completed in 4:08.36. Even in the press conference afterwards, Vinokurov, now the head of Astana, burst into the middle of the interview to hug his rider.

With this victory, Cavendish also becomes the second rider to win a stage at an older age, at 39 years and 43 days into his fifteenth Tour.

Let’s go for the 36th

“I’ve been racing the Tour for fifteen years, I know what to do, I know that it is useless to stroke one’s ego in the peloton.“The best thing is to spend the days as best you can and be at your best at the right time,” said the Astana rider, who was close to losing control in the first stage.

“For many, winning a stage already justifies a race and I have so many victories. It’s something amazing” said Cavendish, who thanked so many people for their confidence, particularly his family, who arrived at the Tour on Tuesday, “at the right time.”

The Briton said he would try to win again on Thursday, another day that could end in a sprint, and said he plans to ride the Tour to the end: “I have a lot of respect for this race, for me it is the most important sporting event in the world. There are two weeks left and I’m going to try to give my best.”

 
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