Cavendish takes his third stage on the eve of double Ventoux


Mark Cavendish edged closer to Eddy Merckx’s all-time Tour de France stage wins record on Tuesday when he claimed his third victory in this year’s race.

You can rewatch STAGE 10 of 2021 Tour de France HERE

The Briton won a bunch sprint to take the 10th stage, a 190.7km ride from Albertville, to rack up his 33rd career win on the Tour, one fewer than Belgian great Merckx.

Cavendish, perfectly set-up by his Deceuninck-Quick Step team mates, beat Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen.

“I didn’t do anything today, my team did everything,” said Cavendish, who still refuses to discuss Merck’s record. “As always I’m just happy to be racing my bike and wear my Deceuninck-Quick Step jersey on the Tour de France. I’m 36 and with these young guys it’s the first time I race with them.

“In a while I’ll be cheering for them. If I can provide joy and entertainment and be part the story (of the race) then that’s what really matters for me.”

Tadej Pogacar retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey as he stayed safe in the leading peloton in a nervy finale in the Rhone valley.

He leads Ben O’Connor by 2:01 and Rigoberto Uran by 5:18.

Wednesday’s 11th stage is a 198.9-km mountain trek in Provence, featuring a double ascent of the awe-inspiring Mont Ventoux.


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