Mark Cavendish equalled Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 stage wins on the Tour de France when he sprinted to victory in Friday’s 13th stage.
The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider has now won four stages on this year’s Tour, 13 years after claiming his first.
He finished ahead of his lead-out man Michael Morkov, with Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) coming home third.
“I can’t even think about it,” Cavendish said. “I’m so dead after 220km, in that heat, in that wind, that final. I went deep there, so deep. The boys were incredible. I can’t believe it.
“It’s still just another win on the Tour de France, it’s like my first one. I’ve won a stage of the Tour de France, it’s what I’ve dreamed of as a kid. It’s what I dream of now. I’ve worked so hard for it.”
Tadej Pogacar retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.
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