- Sprinting great Mark Cavendish won stage 13 of the Tour de France on Friday in Carcassonne.
- The “Manx Missile” tied the all-time great Eddy Merckx’s record for most Tour stage wins at 34.
- With eight stages remaining, “Cav” could win No. 35 and become the king of Tour stage wins.
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Mark Cavendish wasn’t even supposed to race the Tour de France this year, but he made cycling history on Friday by equaling the all-time stage-win record after claiming stage 13 and tying Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 victories.
Cavendish tied the record after winning the field sprint in Carcassonne, in the south of France. With eight stages remaining, “Cav” now has a shot to set a record of 35 stage wins in the world’s greatest bike race.
Leading up to this Tour, his Deceuninck-QuickStep team had its sights set not on Cav but on his teammate Sam Bennett to be its sprinter. But right before the Tour’s start, Bennett was pulled from the lineup because of an injured knee, and the team tapped Cav last minute.
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Cav didn’t win a single race in the previous two seasons and hadn’t even been to the Tour in that time. Before this year, his last win was back in February 2018. Many people speculated whether the 36-year-old from the Isle of Man would ever return to his best and win another Tour stage.
But this year he’s come back, and done so in style, with several wins and top-1o results. This Tour, he’s now won a whopping four stages.
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