Cavendish sprinting towards Tour history

07 July 2021 02:46:07 GMTPlus10

Mark Cavendish is one stage win away from equalling Eddy Merckx's all-time Tour de France record after clinching stage 10 in Valence.

The 36-year-old claimed his third win of this year's event by holding off Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen and is now 1/100 for the Green Jersey after extending his lead to 59 points.

Cavendish's victory completed a controlled performance from Deceuninck-Quick Step, who put the Manx Missile in a strong position before the Brit proved to have that bit more in his legs to get to the line first at the end of a blustery 191km ride from Albertville.

The victory leaves Cavendish one behind Merckx's tally of 34 stage wins and he'll get another couple of chances to equal the Belgian great's tally this week.

I didn't really do anything until the last 150m because of my team.

Mark Cavendish

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Cavendish was full of praise for his team after the victory, admitting he owed them a lot following such a strong showing.

"I'm humbled again - I've got the Tour of Flanders champion Kasper Asgren, Michael Morkov - who is going for the Olympics - world Julian Alaphilippe, Omloop winner Davide Bellerini leaving everything on the road for me," he said.

"I didn't really do anything until the last 150m because of my team. I don't go for the green jersey - I go for stage wins and then if I get the green jersey then great."

Meanwhile, Tadej Pogacar retained the yellow jersey as the defending champion finished safely with the majority of the field, leaving him two minutes one second off closest challenger Ben O'Connor.

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