Cavendish denied Tour de France record

17 July 2021 05:02:36 GMTPlus10

Mark Cavendish missed out on the chance to break the record for most stage wins at the Tour de France after Matej Mohoric claimed victory on stage 19 on Friday.

Deceuninck–Quick-Step rider Cavendish is priced at 1/100 to top the Points Classification at this year's Tour and he currently shares the record for most stage wins on 34 alongside Eddy Merckx.

The 36-year-old had been hoping to hold that record all on his own by winning Friday's 207km run from Mourenx to Libourne, but a breakaway of 20 riders left him and the rest of the peloton struggling during the closing exchanges.

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Cavendish will get another chance to break the record during Sunday's final stage that will finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Slovenian star Mohoric was first to cross the finish line on Friday, as he claimed his second stage victory of this year's Tour - the Team Bahrain Victorious rider coming in ahead of Christophe Laporte of Cofidis and DSM's Casper Pedersen.

Tadej Pogacar remains in possession of the Yellow Jersey and he holds a lead of five minutes and 45 seconds heading into Saturday's penultimate stage.

The UAE Team Emirates rider, who is bidding to make it back-to-back Tour de France successes this year, was relieved to emerge from what proved a testing day unscathed.

"There were a few crashes and splits," Pogacar told reporters. "It's really not nice to start a day like this.

"We kept the peloton quiet for a while, but after the sprint it was full attack mode, and it was a pretty strange race, but after the breakaway went clear, we started to be conservative again."

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