Cavendish closes on Merckx record with stage 6 win at the Tour


Mark Cavendish’s stunning comeback on the Tour de France continued when the Briton claimed his second victory in this year’s edition with a perfectly executed sprint on Thursday.

You can rewatch STAGE 6 of 2021 Tour de France HERE

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider now has 32 stage wins on the Tour and is two shy of the record of Eddy Merckx as he is back on the world’s greatest race for the first time since 2018.

The 36-year-old finished off his teammates’ work in the final straight after being led out by Michael Morkov. He beat Jasper Philipsen and Nacer Bouhanni, who were second and third respectively.

It is Cavendish’s third victory on Chateauroux, where he won his first Tour stage in 2008.

Mathieu van der Poel retained the yellow jersey as the top positions in the general classification remained unchanged.

Friday’s seventh stage, the longest in this year’s race, is an undulating 249.1km ride between Vierzon and Le Creusot before the riders turn their focus to the mountains on Saturday.


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